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Fun and (Un)known Facts from the World of Occupational Health and Safety

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Did you know that…

  • Professions related to Occupational Health and Safety are often interdisciplinary by their nature since they connect knowledge from the fields of psychology, ethics, labor law, ergonomics, health and other linked areas of expertise? Therefore, plenty career options and career advancements exist internationally – many countries have recognized these exact professions as relevant, impactful and desirable on the contemporary job market.
  • The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has operated as an independent agency within the United Nations for over 100 years, meeting the needs of workers, employers and governments of 187 countries in total? As such, it brings common standards, conducts academic research, publishes statistics and recommendations to ensure equal and acceptable conditions for all working positions, in all states.
  • According to ILO’s statistics each 15 seconds a person dies due to injuries or diseases related to substandard working environment? Among the riskiest occupations are agriculture, fishing, construction industry and mining – therefore the most vulnerable countries are those that are still in development, with the majority of people employed in the primary sector.
  • One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also known as ‘Agenda 2030′, is the establishment of decent working conditions as well as the promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth? Goal no.8 deals with social politics, youth employment, reducing inequalities and increasing workers’ productivity.
  • Embracing sustainability in business has never been as important since it became one of the most desirable values on the market, and subject to boycotts and public anger? Numerous companies had to realign their development strategies, work on transparency of their actions and socio-ecological impact, demonstrating in such manner their corporate responsibility.
  • Red and yellow are the most commonly used colors that signify danger and warning, due to their psychological connotations and recognizability? For that reason they are often present as part of traffic signs, protective equipment or emergency vehicles.
  • Prominent consultancy firm McKinsey & Company as part of their research detected mental health as the workers’ number one issue during the Covid-19 crisis?
  • Acceptable levels of stress, noise and adequate lighting at the workplace are categories defined by labor law?
  • One of the greatest compensations in history for the violation of workers’ rights reached an incredible amount of 20.3 million dollars due to gender discrimination – a female worker was not able to be promoted exclusively for her gender? Also, there is a case of a 132.5 million dollars settlement following the employees sue for systematic race discrimination. Seems that lack of fairness at the workplace may not only be hazardous for human relations and reputation, but also cost businesses lots of money.
  • 21st of March has been set as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination?
  • Germany presented an ‘anti-stress’ set of legislatives in 2014 that protect employees from being contacted and available to the employee after their working hours? The initiative, in fact, started from several private enterprises years before – until the governmental representatives recognized the importance of protecting basic workers’ rights, and to increase their productivity and well being in the long run.
  • Scandinavian countries have been recognized as leaders in introducing the four-day working week, and other kinds of shortened working hours that have proven to be not only a more effective way of organizing work in terms of productivity, but also result in the decrease of taking sick leave and days off? According to Eurostat data, Croatia is among the European countries with the longest working hours (39.7 hours/week compared to the European average of 37.1).
  • In Varaždin, Croatia there is a Museum of Croatian Firefighting, and the entrance tickets are free of charge? That is the exact place where in 1864 the First Croatian Voluntary Firefighting Unit was founded.
  • Professional firefighting as an organised occupation dates all the way back to ancient Rome?