Occupational health

World Safe Day
28 April 2012

On this year's World Day for Health and Safety at Work, 28 April, WHO joins the International Labour Organization in calling for concerted global action to promote occupational safety and health in a "green economy" - one of the themes of the upcoming RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 20-22 June. Ensuring workers' health is an essential prerequisite for sustainable development. Presently, more than 2 million people die each year as a result of work-related illness or injuries and some 180 million people fall ill because of their work, according to ILO. Only 15% of workers have access to occupational health services, and millions of workers worldwide are impoverished every year due to catastrophic health expenditures from illness or injuries related to their jobs.

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