Occupational Health Watch - April 2020
Memorial Day: Honoring Lost Workers by Preventing Future Fatalities
April 28th the California Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health
Branch (OHB) will join with other worker health and safety groups around the
state to remember those who have died on the job. In California, 422 workers
lost their lives to work-related injuries in 2018. At this point in 2020, it is
unknown how many of California’s health care workers and other essential
workers may lose their lives because of the work they do.
OHB strives to prevent future fatalities by improving worker health and safety
through prevention activities. Each year, we remember – and renew – our
commitment to safe and healthy working conditions for all workers.
Workers Memorial Day events commemorate those who have died on the job, and
highlight efforts to prevent workplace deaths, illness and injury. Due to the
spread and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, many commemorative events will be
held virtually. More information on events is available on the AFL-CIO Workers
Memorial Day website.
Photo: Solar panel installer with fall protection on a roof.
Occupational Health Branch A-Z Index – alphabetical listing of OHB topics
Preventing Worker Deaths from Paint Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride – OHB web page
Silica Safety Resources for Stone Fabricators – OHB web page
Landscaping & Tree Trimming Safety Resources – OHB web page
Preventing Worker Injuries & Deaths from Falls – OHB web page
Email OHW@cdph.ca.gov with feedback about this update or change of address.