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World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2024


This year, the theme focuses on exploring the impacts of climate change on occupational safety and health.

Changing weather patterns have notable impacts on the world of work, particularly affecting workers safety and health. Examples of occupational risks exacerbated by climate change include heat stress, UV radiation, air pollution, extreme weather events, and increased exposure to chemicals. Looking further into heat and UV radiation:

Workers particularly at risk include:

    • Outdoor workers in physically demanding sectors, such as manufacturing, construction, mining, and transportation sectors; and 

    • Indoor workers in hot and poorly ventilated environments. 

  • Primary health impactsinclude:Heat stress, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat cramps, heat rash, acute kidney injury, physical injury and mental health conditions.

Prevention strategies include

    • Aim to drink 2- 3 litres of water at regular intervals even if you are not thirsty;

    • Avoid sports drinks, tea and coffee which are all diuretics, and choose water;

    • Seek shade and cooler environments during rest periods;

    • Wear loose clothing and a wide brimmed hat wherever possible;

    • Always wear sunscreen when outdoors and unsheltered; and

    • Ensure good sleep habits.