World Congress Health and Safety at Work conference

The World Congress on Health and Safety at Work took place this week from 3rd-6th September in Singapore, bringing together occupational health and safety professionals business leaders and government officials from around the world to discuss key issues about wellbeing and risk in the workplace.

The Congress is dedicated to exploring the prevention culture and the last event, in 2014, attracted 3,980 participants from 143 countries.[1] The 2014 event, explored three key themes including the prevention culture, challenges in occupational health and diversity in the workplace.

A Global Vision for Prevention

This year’s Congress continued its ambitions to install a global prevention culture, reviewing and discussing the ‘Vision Zero’ goal of making all global workplaces free of fatal accidents and occupational diseases.

It explored the global issues behind fatal workplace accidents and occupational illnesses and looked at how to prevent an estimated 2.3 million workers dying every year, worldwide, because of workplace accidents and work-related diseases.[2]

Other key topics included:

  • Health work, health life– looking into the possibility of employees working together to sustain and promote each other’s safety.
  • People-centered prevention- investigating different sustainable strategies for the promotion, protection and education of people of all ages and cultures in the workplace.

Technical speakers featured at the show were Richard Judge, the chief executive of the Health and Safety Executive, Professor Dame Carole Black of Cambridge University and Mr Kevin Myers, the President of the International Association of Labour Inspection.

Key note speakers also included: Michael Lopez Alegria, a former commander of the International Space Station, Ms Pirkko Mattila, the minister of social affairs and health in Finland and Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, the Chairman of the Workplace Safety and Health Council.

This year’s World Congress looked to be a highly interesting event. We will be paying close attention to the outcomes from the show and will keep you updated with the key issues.



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