The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.

This year, “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge” is the theme.
United Nations’ International Labour Organization in her 2008 paper release described Workplace Stress as a “global epidemic” and this year’s World Safety and Health at Work day, celebrated every April 28 is dedicated to champion this cause. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge” and is aimed at emphasizing the increasing need for urgent and pragmatic actions to tame the growing monster in workplaces – Workplace Stress.

According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE), United Kingdom Workplace Stress is defined as “The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work.” Workplace Stress has been identified to contribute to about half of all lost work days, thus making it a huge challenge to every establishment. 

Research has shown that the line separating work from life is becoming more and more difficult to identify. Generally psychosocial risks such as increased competition, higher expectations on performance and longer working hours, are contributing to the workplace becoming a more stressful environment.