Safety and Health of Workers and the Working Environment: Importance and Priority of Prevention

Diploma Course
Safety and Health of Workers and the Working Environment: Importance and Priority of Prevention

+5255 5377-4740


Format: Mixed

Level: Specialised

Language: Spanish / English

Duration: 120 hours


An assessment and examination at the beginning and end of the course will be applied to measure the impact of the training.


  • Identify workplace health risk factors
  • Analyse the most frequent work diseases.
  • Analyse ergonomic factors related to work and its consequences.
  • Evaluate prevention programs and prevention management.
  • Distinguish the stages of Industrial Hygiene; recognition, evaluation and environmental control


Since the year 2013, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has held the World Day for Safety and health at work every April 28th. In addition, Agenda 2030 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Organization of 2015, in its objective 8, points to the need to promote “sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work For all “, noting as a goal to” protect labour rights and promote a safe and secure working environment for all workers, including migrant workers, particularly migrant women and persons with precarious employment “. This is why CIESS organises new account in this 2019 the Diploma of Workers ‘ safety and health and the working environment: importance and priority of prevention.


A culture of prevention in social security and workplace health at all levels requires government, employer and employee involvement establishing a system of rights, responsibilities and defined duties.

Fostering and promoting a culture of prevention in order to improve workplace health and safety are essential elements which require a global focus to address working conditions, environment and discipline. For this purpose, the ILO has incorporated concepts under a single notion called workplace conditions and environment. These make up a complex entity due to the scope of coverage, diversity of factors that make it up, its interactions, and multiple links to cultural, economic, physical and social aspects. Poor working conditions contribute to work accidents and illness, low productivity, stress, fatigue.

“The adoption of a global focus does not mean acting on all elements at once, but that when acting upon one of these factors, one should be aware of the interdependency of the other factors present in the work environment and their interaction. A comprehensive focus does not replace particular disciplines or techniques (for example, occupational hygiene, workplace medicine, industrial safety, ergonomics, occupational psychology, or others); rather, that one addresses particular problems in a holistic context.” *

Workplace health and safety differs from one country, economic sector or social group to another. Developing countries, pay a particularly high price in deaths and injuries, given that such a large number of persons employed in dangerous activities such as those in the agricultural, fishing and mining fields. Across the world, poor and underprivileged persons – often women, children and migrants –are the most highly affected.

Every 15 seconds a workers dies as a result of accidents and illness in their place of work. Every 15 seconds, 160 workers have a workplace.

Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of work-related accidents or illnesses – more than 2.3 million deaths per year. Every year there are more than 317 million accidents at work, many of these accidents result in absenteeism. (International Labour Organization (ILO) 2014).

The estimate for occupational diseases by the ILO is about 160 million new cases per year, which together with accidents are responsible for around 4 percent of world GDP being wasted due to the loss of work time, production cuts, medical treatment, rehabilitation and compensation.

Currently, the challenge is for us to guarantee workers a healthy and safe working environment. The fact that work-related illnesses and deaths cannot be prevented is unacceptable.


  • Risk factors at work.
  • Occupational health, occupational diseases.
  • Principles of Ergonomics.
  • Safety at work, preventive programs and prevention management.
  • Industrial hygiene, recognition, evaluation and control of the environment.


There will be a component of distance training through the educational technology platform of the Centre, which implies the self-management of the study, guided by expert tutors on the
topics. Likewise, there will be a face-to-face phase that will consist of keynote presentations, workshops and case studies.


The online phase will be assessed with activities on the CIESS learning platform.


Professionals from social security institutions and Departments of Labour, representatives and members of trade unions and employer organizations, professionals from the public or private sector, from universities and research centres, international organizations and other sectors, all with safety and health responsibilities at work.


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  • Condiciones de trabajo y seguridad social / Mendizábal Bermúdez, Gabriela, coord.; Sánchez Castañeda, Alfredo, coord.; Kurczyn Villalobos, Patricia, coord. – México: UNAM. IIJ: Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, 363 p. (Doctrina jurídica; 642).
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  • Estrategia Iberoamericana de Seguridad y Salud en el trabajo 2010-2013. – España: Organización Iberoamericana de Seguridad Social, 2009. 44 p.