The diseases and accidents at work remain one of the most appalling tragedies of modern industrial age and a shear form of economic waste. The incidence of occupational diseases and injuries is still very high all around the world. According to the ILO estimates over one million work-related deaths, about 250 million occupational accidents occur annually and hundreds of millions of workers suffer from workplace accidents and occupational exposure to hazardous substances worldwide. The situation in many developing countries like Pakistan is even more grave due to a number of factors like illiteracy, lack of education, inadequate medical facilities, lack of reliable information and data of fatal accidents and injuries suffered by workers each year.
Healthy workers are productive workers with high morale and better productivity. The introduction of modern and hazardous technologies in the industries has resulted in high rates of accidents, occupational diseases and unhealthy working environment. An adequate infrastructure to promote and enforce occupational safety and health is invoked.
The Centre for Improvement of Working Conditions & Environment (CIWCE) Lahore is a pioneering institution in Pakistan providing professional services in the fields of occupational, safety, health and environment. It is part of the Labour & Human Resource Department in the Government of Punjab, Pakistan. This is the only institution with foreign qualified professionals, state-of- the-art equipment and a strong relationship with businesses, industry as well as international organizations and the government agencies. http://www.ciwce.org.pk