World Day for Safety and Health at Work
On April 28th 2014, in recognition of the International Labour Organizations’ (ILO) World Day For Safety and Health at Work, the Aerodrome Safety Department of Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago hosted an awareness-raising campaign which focused on emerging trends in the field of Occupational Safety and Health. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work”. An exhibition was mounted in the Atrium at the Piarco International Airport, and members of the public, airport users and employees were invited to participate in the activities.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was created in 1919, as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, to reflect the belief that universal and lasting peace can be accomplished only if it is based on social justice. The driving forces for ILO's creation arose from security, humanitarian, political and economic considerations.
Every year, the ILO marks the World Day for Safety and Health at Work to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. As Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago continues to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all employees, stakeholders and the travelling public, the Authority took pride in joining the ILO in recognition of this day.
Oswald Bruce, Deputy General Manager of Operations (Ag.) at the Authority opened the exhibition and expressed the importance of ensuring safety in the work place as many deaths are recorded annually due to negligence. “World-wide, there are 2.34 million annual work-related deaths; 2.02 million people die each year from work-related diseases; 321,000 people die each year from occupational accidents. This means that every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease and every 15 seconds, 151 workers have a work-related accident,” quoted Mr. Bruce.
“Workers need to feel safe in the workplace if they have to be productive. Employees must not be placed in a position where they can lose their health in order to earn a living. Persons affected by occupational diseases and accidents can also bear significant financial and emotional costs. All must therefore be done to reduce chances of employees becoming victims of accidents and diseases,” he continued.
The Aerodrome Safety Department stated that the campaign aimed to prevent injuries and diseases which may result from the inappropriate use and storage of chemicals in the workplace. The exposition in the Atrium also displayed proper protective gear which should be worn by employees. It also exhibited the least hazardous chemicals and the best safety equipment which should be used in the workplace and households in general. A number of representatives from different companies were also there to advise the public on the precautionary measures necessary to protect themselves at work and the best practices to ensure overall safety and good health.
The Authority remains committed to the safety, comfort and security of all employees and users of the facilities at both our airports. It was a privilege for us to join the ILO in recognition of the World Day for Safety at the Workplace as we continue to strive towards excellence in the aviation industry and beyond.