World Day for Safety and Health at Work

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The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on April 28 to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and injuries worldwide. It is an awareness campaign designed to draw international attention to the scale of the challenge and how promoting and creating a culture of safety and health can help ensure the well-being of employees.

  • Technologies such as digitization, robotics and nanotechnology have psychosocial impacts.
  • – Industrialization and climate change are increasing the risks of air pollution, heat stress or emerging diseases
  • – Nearly 36 percent of the global workforce already works excessive overtime (more than 48 hours per week).

However, workplace safety is no longer limited to preventing physical injury or illness, but also encompasses mental health and well-being. Traditional prevention and control tools may still be effective, but increasing dynamics in markets and complexity within organizations make an integrated and holistic, approach to optimally aligning strategies, processes, people and technology essential. One of the components of a modern and sustainable enterprise can be summed up in three terms, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC). But why is the GRC topic also of great importance on World Day for Safety and Health at Work?

Governance, risk and compliance (GRC) are three key aspects of corporate governance that define the strategies, processes, processes, policies and controls that help companies mitigate operational risk and be both commercially successful and comply with all laws and regulations.

The “G” in GRC, or governance, gets a little obscured in most definitions, possibly because risk management and compliance seem self-explanatory. On World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we want to focus on precisely this important “G” and show how crucial it is to the well-being of a company’s employees. In fact, governance is the ethical management of an organization in line with its strategy and goals. Culture, ethics, values and philosophies are thus the cornerstones of what is known as corporate governance. From a management perspective, the requirements cover many aspects such as quality management, environmental issues, business continuity, human resources management and nevertheless occupational health and safety.

The pandemic has put the health of employees in the spotlight. Many “nice-to-have” job benefits that served to establish the company as an attractive employer have now become a central element of the value proposition for employees. Companies actively take their social responsibilities seriously and see it as their duty to create a safe and conducive work environment with a company-wide risk management strategy, which is ultimately critical to competitiveness, sales, reputation and talent acquisition. The pandemic has also increased the affinity for sustainability, climate change and environmental protection. Health and environmental protection are closely linked, making the transition to a sustainable society and economy increasingly understood as necessary. The pandemic has also shown that our societies have immense potential for collective action and change. This year’s theme for World Day for Safety and Health at Work is fitting, namely “Act together to build a positive safety and health culture.” These plug-in principles are an important and effective ingredient for the functioning and interaction of corporate governance. At Swiss GRC, our understanding is that we, individual employees, are of immense value to the existence of the entire entity. It only works as a team. That’s why we promote an open work culture, with flat hierarchies, give our employees a flexible design freedom, work with a 40 hour week and balance between home office and office days, which we have coordinated. Work-life balance is one of the key factors for health and well-being. Less stress leads to fewer mistakes and thus ensures the quality of our work.


It is important to be balanced and healthy at work and to remain that way. It is necessary to leave the desk from time to time, to take breaks, to move – ideally in the fresh air, this has a positive effect on our creativity and performance. Furthermore, drinking enough water, eating healthy food and getting enough sleep are other essential components.

The comfort zone with bundled security gives most people a good feeling; leave this from time to time and try something new. Many people live every day in their past – security and the known familiar. Your mind plays an essential role in this. Observe consciously your thoughts; if our thoughts are more conscious, then we can direct them also better.

Our brain reacts to new things. The more repetition and the more often you perform or implement something (also applies to thoughts), it systematically installs new circuits in the brain. Thoughts are the language of the brain – emotions, the language of the body!

Thinking and feeling creates your state of being, or condition, thus your feelings and emotions are usually the end points of experiences. Use this extremely important world day for more awareness in the company, for employees and for you as an individual and put it into practice every day.

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Yahya Mohamed Mao

Yahya Mohamed Mao is a certified GRC Professional (GRCP) and heads the Marketing & Communications department at Swiss GRC. He is a regular contributor to industry publications and provides insights and expertise on current trends and innovations in Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), AI, Marketing and Branding.

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