2012-04-27 - The ILO celebrates the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on the 28th April to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.
Many ABB operations are undertaking health and safety initiatives this week in support of the ILO campaign, from Sweden, where the focus will be on efficiency and safe driving in service, to Argentina where the campaign material will be used as an opportunity to reflect and challenge existing safety arrangements.
This year the ILO is focusing on the promotion of occupational safety and health in a “green economy” which it defines as “a more sustainable economy and society that preserves the environment for future generations and is more equitable and inclusive of all people and all countries”.
The report supporting this years campaign highlights several areas of health and safety risks of which we all need to be constantly aware, risks that will arise during the transition of traditional sectors, (mining, construction, nuclear etc.) as they transition to more sustainable industries and emerging and new risks within the renewable energy sectors (solar, wind, hydro and bio energy) that could simply be overlooked.
Products and services to support energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are at the core of ABB’s own existing portfolio and future opportunities for growth. Graham Uglow, newly appointed to head Health, Safety and Environment at ABB commented: “As these technologies, products and services develop we must ensure that environmental, health and safety considerations are fully integrated into our design, procurement, operations, maintenance and recycling processes.
Identifying new hazards, assessment and effective management of risks will contribute not only to our own growth but also to the development of a more sustainable economy and society,” he said.
The attached report provides an expert insight into the issue. Consider how these topics may impact within your specific country or area of business and remember that the safety and health of everyone at work is both fundamental to, and inseparable from the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economy.
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