2024 World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day

Sunday 28 April 2024 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work (World Day) and Workers’ Memorial Day. Our latest data shows that in 2022, 195 workers in Australia were fatally injured at work. This concerning statistic amplifies the importance of increasing awareness around work health and safety to prevent work-related injuries and fatalities.

In 2024, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) World Day theme explores the ‘impacts of climate change on occupational safety and health’.

Accompanying World Day, the International Trade Union Confederation’s (ITUC) theme for Workers’ Memorial Day 2024 is ‘climate risks for workers’.

Want to get involved?

We encourage everyone to promote World Day and Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April 2024 to recognise the importance of health and safety in the workplace.

Staying safe when working in severe weather

Explore our practical resources about staying safe when working in severe weather and outside, including managing the work health and safety risks from extreme heat, bushfires, sun exposure and air pollution.

About this year’s theme

The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) theme for World Day 2024 explores the ‘impacts of climate change on occupational safety and health’.

The theme recognises that changing weather patterns can create WHS risks. Heat, flooding, and extreme weather events are increasingly likely to disrupt the normal operation of many businesses. In addition, new technologies and industries in decarbonisation and the circular economy are emerging, creating new roles.

Climate change, increasing urbanisation and proximity of humans and animals have also led to the emergence of novel infectious diseases and increased the transmission and spread of other diseases.

Supporting information

Further advice

Visit your WHS regulator website for information and local activities for World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April 2024.