The “ILO Caribbean Virtual Roundtable on Safety and Health in the Face of the COVID-19 Crisis” was held on 28 April 2020. This day is commemorated annually as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
At the virtual roundtable which was held in 2020, governments, employers, workers, and other stakeholders discussed matters such as the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the Caribbean, the effects of the pandemic on the world of work, and the ways in which these issues can be addressed. The Executive Director of Trinidad and Tobago’s Occupational Safety and Health Authority and Agency (OSHA) was a panelist at this Meeting. Given that the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, strong occupational safety and health (OSH) measures are still critical to limit transmission of the virus at the workplace.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), each year approximately 2.78 million workers die from occupational accidents and work-related diseases (of which 2.4 million are disease-related) and an additional 374 million workers suffer from non-fatal occupational accidents. In this regard, the ILO aims to utilise World Day for Safety and Health at Work as a platform toraise awareness of workplace safety and health issues, advance opportunities for persons to obtain decent and productive working conditions and strengthen dialogue in work related issues.
April 30, 2021