World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) - 17 September 2020

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Registration for the Virtual Event:
When: 17 September 2020, 14:00 –17:30 CEST

The current pandemic of COVID-19 has underscored the need for an educated, trained, safe, and healthy workforce to sustain a health system that is able to provide adequate health services for its community. Health workers have always faced risks of becoming infected resulting in illness and possibly death, exposures to chemicals and radiation, accidents, violence, stigma, fatigue, and psychological stress all of which have been exacerbated by the current unprecedented pressure on health systems worldwide.

A wide range of activities has been proposed for this global campaign. The hallmark of the campaign is to light up iconic monuments, landmarks, public places, hospitals, and schools for healthcare training in the colour orange, in collaboration with local authorities. This will also be a salute to and a gesture of respect and gratitude to health workers worldwide.

If you have arranged for something in your area to be lit up orange - please send a picture (or video) to Dr. Gwen Brachman (Chair of the ICOH Scientific Committee on Occupational Health for Health Workers, email: She will forward this on the WHO Steering Committee.

To view the announcement of WSPD 2020 from the WHO, please click here.