ILO and NEBOSH host webinar to mark World Day for Health and Safety at Work

Tuesday, 2 April 2024

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and NEBOSH have joined forces to host a free webinar to mark World Day for Health and Safety at Work.

The World Day for Health and Safety at Work takes place annually. The theme for 2024 – and this webinar – is ‘The impact of climate change and heat stress on occupational health and safety’.

NEBOSH’s Dee Arp will be joined by ILO representatives and experts on the topic:

  • Dr Manal Azzi, Global Team Lead on Occupational Safety and Health (ILO)
  • Dr Halshka Graczyk, Technical Specialist (ILO)
  • Dr Andreas Flouris Associate Professor, University of Thessaly (Author of ILO Heat Stress Publication)

Climate change poses various risks to occupational safety and health, including heat stress, solar UV radiation and air pollution, which impacts chronic diseases and other health conditions. Workers are also impacted by environmental risks such as severe weather events and vector-borne diseases. Furthermore, the production and utilization of chemicals in workplaces contribute to environmental and climate impacts and risks for workers.

Together, the panel will explore and discuss how organisations can address these hazards and implement preventative measures to ensure people work in a safe and healthy environment.

Considering the importance of this topic, Dr Manal Azzi said: “Worldwide, climate change is already having serious impacts on the safety and health of workers. Flooding and hurricanes, excessive heat and UV radiation exposure are leading to a rise in work-related diseases and injuries. We can act now to prevent further harm.”

The webinar will stream at midday UK local time on Monday 29 April 2024. Registration is free and the session will also be available to view on-demand after the event: The Impact of Climate Change and Heat Stress on Occupational Health and Safety. A digital certificate of attendance will be available for delegates to download.

Register online