“All workers should be able to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and favourable working conditions. The workplace should not be detrimental to health and wellbeing. Primary prevention of occupational health hazards should be given priority. All components of health systems should be involved in an integrated response to the specific health needs of working populations. The workplace can also serve as a setting for delivery of other essential public-health interventions, and for health promotion. Activities related to workers’ health should be planned, implemented and evaluated with a view to reducing inequalities in workers’ health within and between countries. Workers and employers and their representatives should also participate in such activities.” Workers’ health: global plan of action Sixtieth World Health Assembly, World Health Organisation
Workers represent half the world’s population and are the major contributors to economic and social development. Their health is determined not only by workplace hazards but also by social and individual factors and access to health services. Increasing international movement of jobs, products and technologies can help to spread innovative solutions for prevention of occupational hazards, but can also lead to a shift of that risk to less advantaged groups.
World Day For Safety and Health at Work 2017
The ILO’s campaign theme for the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work – OPTIMIZE THE COLLECTION AND USE OF OSH DATA – focuses on the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable occupational safety and health (OSH) data.
At The Respect Campaign we advocate there is an urgent need to collect data to determine the extent of workers being cyber bullied and cyber harassed. This and OSH issue and must be addressed. Cyber Bullying and Cyber Harassment can cause serious psychological injury. Preventative strategies are required.
According to the Background paper for discussion at the Meeting of Experts on Violence against Women and Men in the World of Work (3–6 October 2016) “Bullying through electronic technology (cyberbullying) is a new expression of psychological, and sometimes sexual, violence. This can include sending offensive or threatening emails, posting sexually explicit information and spreading rumours on social networking sites. The results of a study of employees from selected universities in the United Kingdom indicate that “[c]yberbullying through e-mail, text and web posts is as common in the workplace as conventional bullying” (University of Sheffield, 2012). In that same study, 14–20 per cent of respondents reported experiencing this form of bullying at least once a week. Another study from Germany in 2007, notes that 8 per cent of unionized teachers reported experiencing cyberbullying (Eurofound, 2015, page 59).”
This picture is only likely to escalate with over 3.5 billion people now connected to the Internet. What is challenging is that many people do not know that what they are experiencing is in fact harassment. Others as bystanders, also cannot label it and therefore do nothing to assist.
World Day for Safety and Health At Work – Optimize the collection and use of OSH data
A contribution to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 8
The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted on September 25, 2015 encompasses a global plan of action with specific targets to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. With its adoption, the capacity to collect and utilize reliable OSH data has also become indispensable for countries to fulfil their commitment to implement and report on some of the agenda’s 17 sustainable development goals and their targets.
Sustainable Development Goal 8, in particular, provides for the promotion of “inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all” and its Target 8.8 focuses on the “protection of labour rights and promotion of safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.” For Target 8.8 countries are asked to report on the following indicator: “Frequency rates of fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries, by sex and migrant status”.