Workers Memorial Day 2021: Mourn the Dead, Fight for the Living

Every year on April 28, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) commemorate Workers Memorial Day. Also known as the International Day of Mourning, this is the day we remember and honor the men and women who have lost their lives on the job. Many of these devastating losses were preventable if standards had been followed, appropriate controls existed and if safety and health programs were a priority.

In 2021, the DOL also observes OSHA’s 50th anniversary. Before the 1971 enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the creation of OSHA, many U.S. workers lacked basic protections from workplace hazards. Since then, OSHA and its many partners have helped transform U.S. workplaces and have reduced injuries, illnesses and fatalities significantly.

“Workers Memorial Day reminds us of the sacrifices many workers make to earn their wages and provide for themselves and … Read more...

Workers’ Memorial Day: Let’s Start a Movement

April 28 marks a solemn day each year. Depending on where you live, it is known as Workers’ Memorial Day, Day of Mourning, or International Workers’ Memorial Day, and it remembers and honors those workers who were killed, disabled, injured, or made unwell by their work.

On this Workers’ Memorial Day, our thoughts turn to healthcare and emergency workers, the heroes on the frontline of a global pandemic. Nearly every day, a news report reminds us that one of these heroes has died from COVID-19, and the truth is, we may never know how many of them died as the result of a workplace exposure. Six months ago, we could not have imagined that a virus would cause so many work-related fatalities.

We also want to recognize the “essential workers,” who continue to make PPE and other products to keep our our workers protected and our essential industries running, provide … Read more...

Workers’ Memorial Day, NIOSH Seeks Mine-Rescue Robots, Canadian Fracking Report Released and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Workers’ Memorial Day 2014 focus on chemical safety
  • “Preventable Deaths 2014” report released
  • Train carrying crude oil derails in Virginia
  • Transport Canada announces new railway regulations
  • IOSH launches new UAE branch
  • NIOSH seeking proposals for mine-rescue robotics
  • New report assesses environmental impacts of fracking

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • International Labour Organization (ILO): Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work. Read the report here.
  • Preventable Deaths 2014 Report. Read the full report

Honouring those killed and injured at work on Workers’ Memorial Day

While it ought to be top-of-mind 365 days a year, tomorrow is probably the most important day in the world of workplace health and safety. April 28th is Workers’ Memorial Day and thousands of individuals in cities around the world with attend events honouring workers killed, disabled, injured or harmed at work.

As OSHA head Dr. Davis Michaels stated in a recent audio message in honour of the day of mourning, every day 12 American workers go to work and never come home as a result of workplace fatalities. On a global level, the statistics are even more staggering: one worker dies every 15 seconds and more people die at work than fighting wars.

Workers’ Memorial Day has special resonance north of the border for a number of reasons. More than 28 years ago,  before it gained widespread international attention, Workers’ Memorial Day was founded by the Canadian Union of … Read more...