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Focus on preventing occupational accidents, diseases: WHO Regional Director Saima Wazed – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: WHO Regional Director Saima Wajed on Saturday stressed the importance of prevention for South-East Asia occupational accidents The diseases were discussed globally on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an official statement said.

Addressing the issue and marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, Wajed highlighted the importance of the day in promoting the fundamental right of all workers to a safe and healthy environment .

He also highlighted the worrying statistics that around 60 per cent of the global population is engaged in work. workplace health And safety is a serious public health concern.

WEZ also drew attention to the impact of occupational hazards, stating that work-related diseases and injuries caused 1.88 million deaths globally in 2016, with the WHO South-East Asia region facing a disproportionately high burden. Fell. work related mortality,

The WHO regional director also addressed the challenges faced by informal workers in the region, who lack adequate workplace protections and are vulnerable to economic shocks and injuries.

highlighted the emerging concern of Climate change On occupational health, VAZ noted how climate-related hazards, including extreme weather events, pose risks to workers’ health and safety and limit work output.

Furthermore, he stressed the importance of addressing mental health Issues in the workplace, particularly highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, have brought to light the impact of depression and anxiety on productivity and performance.

Wazed advocated effective organizational policies, early detection of health problems and preventive care to ensure a safety net and increased health awareness for workers.

“The impact of climate change on occupational health has also recently emerged as a concern. Climate-related hazards, particularly extreme weather events, limit the output and duration of work and workers,” he said in a statement. pose a risk to the health and safety of the

“Health and safety also extend beyond physical concerns. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need to address mental health issues in the workplace. A safe and healthy work environment supports mental health, and good mental health Certainly enables people to work productively. Issues like depression and anxiety are widespread in workplaces, which if left untreated, have an economic cost of up to $1 trillion annually. is estimated.”

He stressed the need for collaboration between health and labor ministries to comprehensively address occupational health and called for non-contributory social security systems to protect informal workers from economic consequences.

Wajed also stressed that prioritizing occupational health is essential to achieve sustainable development, inclusive growth and resilience to climate change vulnerabilities, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Finally, VAZ emphasizes that creating positive healthy workplaces not only benefits businesses and organizations, but also society collectively and individuals individually. (ANI)

  • Published on April 28, 2024 at 10:32 am IST

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