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New and emerging occupational risks challenge Safety and Health at Work


by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – April 28, 2023, commemorates World Day for Safety and Health at Work, and this year, the theme is “A Safe and Healthy Working Environment; A Fundamental Right.”

According to the United Nations, the International Labour Organization (ILO) began to observe the day in 2003 to stress the prevention of accidents and diseases at work.

One of the main pillars is advocacy, and the World Day for Safety and Health at Work raises awareness of how to make work safe and healthy.

Since 1996, April 28 also commemorates the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers, organised worldwide by the trade union movement.

Minister of Employment and Labour, the Honourable Marsha Henderson, on World Day for Safety and Health at Work, reminded employers of their obligation to provide a safe working environment and that employees have a role in their safety.


The UN said some new and emerging occupational risks could be caused by technical innovation or by social or organisational change, which includes:

  • New technologies and production processes, e.g. nanotechnology, biotechnology

  • New working conditions, e.g. higher workloads, work intensification from downsizing, poor conditions associated with migration for work, jobs in the informal economy

  • Emerging forms of employment, e.g. self-employment, outsourcing, temporary contracts



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