OSHA Will Host Week of Events Leading Up to Workers Memorial Day 2024

OSHA Will Host Week of Events Leading Up to Workers Memorial Day 2024

The annual observance—which largely focuses on workplace safety—takes place on April 25, 2024.

To mark Workers Memorial Day on April 25, OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) are set to host a series of events from April 22-25, 2024. This annual observance is dedicated to remembering those who have suffered or lost their lives due to workplace incidents, illnesses and diseases, while also emphasizing workplace safety.

According to OSHA’s website, the week-long commemoration will kick off with the OSHA Awareness Conference on April 22, conducted virtually via Zoom. This conference aims to educate employers and employees about OSHA, the significance of safety as a core workplace value, and the procedures for filing complaints and whistleblower claims. Additionally, it will cover how to search for establishment citations, identify necessary training, understand the differences between federal and state plans, and navigate the OSHA inspections process.

Following the conference, the "Safety Pays. Injuries and Fatalities Cost." event on April 23—also held virtually—will focus on the personal impact of workplace tragedies through discussions with the children, spouses and parents of fallen workers. This segment will also address the general overview of workers' compensation and the importance of mental health support following an incident, along with educating teens about safety in the workplace.

The first-ever Workers Memorial Expo is scheduled for April 24 in Washington, D.C., and will provide an opportunity for attendees to engage directly with safety experts, federal agency officials and families of fallen workers through safety demonstrations and expert presentations.

The week's events will culminate in a Workers Memorial Day Ceremony/Wreath Laying Event on April 25, offering both virtual and in-person participation. This ceremony will serve as a solemn tribute to those who have been injured or lost their lives on the job.

Registration is required for all events. For full details, visit OSHA’s Workers Memorial webpage.

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Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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