World Day for Health and Safety at Work

25 April 2023 | Dr Reno Morar

Dear colleagues and students

The annual World Day for Health and Safety at Work will be commemorated on Friday, 28 April. The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) theme for 2023 is “A safe and healthy working environment is a fundamental principle and right at work”.

Over the last year, the University of Cape Town (UCT) made great strides to enhance safety awareness in the workplace and across all campuses. This has been achieved through a centralised Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (OHSE) committee, collaboration, as well as sharing and implementing online resources. The online resources include manuals, templates and the OHSE Handbook which all in the UCT community can utilise. These online resources also encourage us all to take personal responsibility to create and contribute to a safer teaching, learning, research and working environment.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work initiative for 2023

The OHSE division, within the Properties and Services department, plans to host educational sessions for staff and students within various departments and faculties, to provide basic safety demonstrations and awareness sessions. The sessions will be arranged throughout the year with the objective of fully supporting the ILO’s theme for 2023.

The ILO will also host a live meeting from 13:00 to 15:00 (SAST) on Friday, 28 April aimed at answering the question “How can we promote the fundamental right to a safe and healthy working environment?”

Last year the ILO World Day for Safety and Health at Work theme was “Act together to build a positive health and safety culture”. We commemorated this by having health and safety service providers showcasing their services and conducting safety demonstrations and awareness training to students and staff.

I am confident that together we can create and continue to enjoy a safe and healthy work environment at UCT.


Dr Reno Morar
Chief Operating Officer

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