XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017
The World Congress for Safety and Health at Work is held every three years, with each edition held in a different country. This year’s host country Singapore has demonstrated a strong and ever-increasing commitment to occupational safety and health (OSH) and has been an active participant in the global OSH community, working to promote international efforts in Asia and beyond.
As one of the organisations supporting the Congress, EU-OSHA actively participates in a number of ways:
- Presentation of the results of a joint project on developing updated estimates of the costs to society of work-related accidents and illnesses. The project is being carried out by the International Labour Organization in cooperation with EU-OSHA and Finnish and Singaporean OSH agencies.
- Presentation of EU-OSHA’s data visualisation tool “The economics of OSH – the value of OSH to society” at the symposium “Estimating the benefit of occupational safety and health to society”.
- The Agency’s Director, Dr Christa Sedlatschek, takes part in a debate at a high-level meeting on future forms of work and their impact on OSH.
- The Agency co-hosts symposia on the costs of poor OSH and on OSH in SMEs, as well as participating in others as European specialist.
- Through its stand at the Congress, EU-OSHA has the opportunity to promote some its major projects, and it will also be submitting entries to the poster competition.
- Moreover, a representative from EU-OSHA will act as jury member at the International Media Festival for Prevention — a global showcase for OSH films and multimedia productions.
The Congress is a truly global forum in which participants can exchange knowledge, experiences and good practices. It provides an opportunity to network, strengthen relationships and explore opportunities for collaboration. Furthermore, it acts as a showcase for knowledge and ideas that can be put to immediate practical use.
Taking the motto ‘A Global Vision of Prevention’, the XXI Congress focuses on three main topics:
- Vision Zero — from vision to reality: the Vision Zero philosophy emphasises the preventability of occupational accidents and illnesses, calling for the establishment of a prevention culture at every level of every organisation.
- Healthy work — healthy life: as work becomes ever more challenging and fast-paced, the importance of an integrated approach to workers’ safety and health is growing.
- People-centred prevention: creating sustainable strategies to protect people from OSH risks means building inclusive workplaces and taking issues such as demographic change, gender and education into account.