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Human Rights Day 2022: a time for action

Six months on from a safe and healthy work environment being declared a fundamental principle and right, we ask what can be done to turn this into a reality for the world’s workforce.

Human Rights Day (Saturday 10 December), organised by the United Nations, is an opportunity to reflect but also look ahead at how working conditions can be improved for millions of people worldwide.

And it also marks the start of a year-long campaign by the United Nations (UN) to promote and recognise the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Six months on

It was on 10 June this year that the International Labour Organization (ILO) formally adopted a safe and healthy work environment as a fundamental principle and right, something IOSH described as the “biggest moment for workers’ rights for nearly a quarter of a century”.

This move was one IOSH has long called for and fully supported. The Institution believes no one should be subjected to poor working conditions and ill-treatment at work as these have a significant negative impact on people and put them at risk of injuries from accidents and ill health. You can find out more about our policy position and watch our video here.

There is also a section on human rights in IOSH’s e-book Wave generation: a model approach to socially sustainable safety and health. This includes a section on the role that OSH professionals can play on ensuring people in their business are well looked after. You can download your free copy of the e-book here.

Get involved

The theme for this year’s Human Rights Day is ‘Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All’. You can find out more about the day and how you can get involved on the UN website.

And keep an eye on our social media channels for activities throughout the coming days.

Marcus Boocock
PR Lead
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