The International Labor Organization (ILO) celebrated the World Day for Work Safety and Health on April 28 to promote the prevention of accidents and work-related illnesses throughout the world. In Portugal, this date was institutionalised by Resolution No. 44/2001, which was passed by the Portuguese Parliament on June 7, 2001. It is known as the National Day for Work Safety and Prevention (Dia Nacional de Prevenção e Segurança no Trabalho, DNPST).
To mark the Day, the Authority for Work Conditions (Autoridade para as Condições do Trabalho, ACT) carried out an awareness raising event entitled “Safety and Health at Work” on April 29, 2013 at the construction site for ALSTOM Portugual, S.A.’s manufacturing facility, which is being expanded. The event emphasised the importance of preventing work-related illnesses and accidents. CENOR is overseeing and coordinating work safety for the expansion project.
CENOR played an active role in promoting and organising the event, along with other companies involved in the project, including the Developer, the Contractor and Subcontractors.
In spite of its great importance, prevention of work-related illnesses remains unknown by many in the construction industry. These types of illnesses are the primary cause of work-related deaths. According to ILO estimates, work-related illnesses cause six times as many deaths as work-related accidents in the world.