Occupational Health and Safety: a series of news articles outlining Coppe’s actions and projects

Planeta COPPE / News

Date: 28/04/2024

April 28 is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. It defines a moment of reflection on the importance of developing a safe and healthy workplace.

COPPE/UFRJ has a commitment comprising collective efforts within its institutional and academic agendas to meet the growing need for emotional care, continuous monitoring to prevent accidents and occupational illnesses, and developing applied research projects to improve the health and safety of workers in various sectors.

Please check the three news articles below for more information on Coppe’s actions to implement a safety culture and promote wellbeing in the workplace.

Green April

April 28 is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, established in 2003 bythe International Labor Organization, but it is also the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured. What used to be a day of mourning for the dead has become a day of fighting for life and for proper work conditions.

Data from SmartLab – Observatory for Workplace Health and Safety reveal 612,920 reported occupational accidents in Brazil in 2022. The figures cover only the population with formal employment relationships, meaning that informal work was not taken into account.

Over the last decade, many institutions, companies, unions, and government agencies have embraced the cause with the Green April campaign, raising awareness among workers and employers on the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. Although not yet officially enacted by the federal government, Green April (Abril Verde) is a bill (PL 1063/2022) proposed by Senator Paulo Paim (PT/RS), pending in the Federal Senate.

This campaign is, therefore, an opportunity for companies and organizations to review their workplace safety policies, procedures, and practices, encouraging transparency and corporate responsibility.