OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH

Editorial GREATER JAMMU

Promoting a culture of safety and health is the dire need of the hour today especially in view of the lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic which is on its last legs now. In this context it is pertinent to mention here that most of the people spend a consider- able amount of time at their workplace and as such it becomes important to maintain healthy standards there too in order to avoid any kind of risk at the workplace.
Therefore there is a need to create awareness among people about occupational risks like accidents while mainly focussing on the emerging trends in occupation- al safety and health. The main aim is to draw interna- tional attention on the magnitude of the issue so as to promote a healthy work culture and reduce work-relat- ed deaths and injuries. In the present day scenario there is a need to focus on encouraging workplaces to foster a strong work health and safety culture where everyone contributes to a safe and healthy work envi- ronment. In this regard it becomes necessary to revisit the occupational safety and health regulatory frame- works and institutions, compliance mechanisms, health and advisory services, data, research and training because these play a critical role especially in ensuring the health and safety of the frontline warriors in the pan- demic situations. Workers in specific sectors, such as emergency, health and social care have been particu- larly vulnerable to the risk of infection as came to fore during the pandemic. According to a report of an inter- national body, thousands of health workers died while millions of health and social care workers were contin- uously at the risk of contracting COVID-19 through work during pandemic period. Not only this, the pres- sure and risk faced by the health workers during the pandemic also took a toll on their mental health as a result of which one in five healthcare workers globally are reported to be the victims of depression and anxi- ety symptoms. After all why not? They are all human beings and faced unprecedented situations due to which they still feel jolted amid emotional turmoil unable to forget the relentless struggle of those who ultimately lost their battle for life. In view of the lessons learnt from the unprecedented pandemic it becomes the bounden duty of the nations across the globe to invest heavily in resilient Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) sys- tems as it would ultimately ensure the health and safe- ty of all the people on this planet whether it is frontline warriors in pandemics or workers and employees in any other sector. Today it needs to be realized that there could be no clearer demonstration of the importance of a strong, resilient, occupational safety and health envi- ronment. Therefore there is a need for better rather the best national policies, institutional and regulatory frameworks that are appropriately integrated into crisis response frameworks for the health and safety of work- ers in every sector and at all levels. In order to achieve this objective building a positive safety and health cul- ture is imperative.