FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2012
DIR’s tribute to fallen workers and commitment to workplace safety
Commemorating Workers’ Memorial Day
Oakland – The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) today honors the men and women of California who died or were injured on the job. On this Workers’ Memorial Day, DIR recommits itself to improving workplace safety.
Workers’ Memorial Day takes place annually around the world, an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, injured or made ill on the job. The observance is held on April 28, the day Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970. Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and to promote campaigns in the fight for improvements in workplace safety and health.
“No worker should have to trade a life or limb for his or her livelihood” said DIR Director Christine Baker. “We have strengthened Cal/OSHA and efforts to attack abuses in the underground economy that put workers’ lives at risk.”
“We are working every day to protect workers’ health and safety by strong enforcement, outreach to small employers, educating the most vulnerable workers about dangers they face in the workplace, and setting more protective workplace standards,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess. “We owe it to workers and their families to continue this effort with renewed commitment and effectiveness.”
California has a long history of improving workplace safety and continues to lead the nation in protective safety standards:
Cal/OSHA was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 to enforce effective standards, assist and encourage employers to maintain safe and healthful working conditions, and to provide for enforcement, research, information, education and training in the field of occupational safety and health.
Additional information about Cal/OSHA including workers’ rights and how employers can reduce workplace injuries is available on DIR’s website.
For assistance from the Cal/OSHA Consultation unit—a free service—employers can call (800) 963-9424.
Employees with work-related questions or complaints can also call the California Workers’ Information Hotline at (866) 924-9757.
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