Prevention section

International Section of the ISSA on Education and Training for Prevention

The ISSA Section on Education and Training for Prevention is committed to make every person more aware of risks they are likely to encounter and to enable them to participate in the prevention of accidents.


Many people have a hand in occupational accident and disease prevention: decision-makers, safety engineers and technicians, industrial hygienists, staff representatives, operators at their posts... They all need training in occupational risk prevention to do more than simply pass on "prevention rules".

The International Section of the ISSA on Education and Training for Prevention of Accidents aims at making every person more aware of the risks they are likely to encounter or to engender for themselves or for others, and enabling them to participate in the prevention of accidents and damage to health.

Training should begin when they learn their trade, and be based on a general education in the prevention of all risks linked to human activities. The Section on Education and Training studies the different aspects of this education and training, focusing in particular on the pedagogical, conceptual and methodological aspects of risk prevention.

Through symposia, Working Groups, seminars and publications, it strives to promote training and education in occupational risk prevention in firms, schools and universities.

For more information please consult the standing orders of the International Section of the ISSA on Education and Training for Prevention.


The Section is composed of members. Its two executive bodies are the General Assembly and the Bureau

The Bureau of the Section conducts the regular business and develops its program of activities. It is elected by the Section's members in the General Assembly and is composed of a Chairperson , three Vice-Chairpersons and a Secretary General

The General Assembly consists of the members of the Section and meets once every three years. Members are entitled to propose subjects they wish are going to be treated within the scope of the Section's working program.

The Section is funded by membership fees which are determined by the Bureau.

Members of the Bureau


Institution of Occupational Safety and Health     
United Kingdom


Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency    
Republic of Korea

Ms Gabriele Pappai
German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the public sector in North Rhine-Westphalia

Secretary General

Ms Gisela Derrick              
IOSH, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health     
United Kingdom

Working Groups

To achieve its aims, the Section on Education and Training for Prevention sets up working groups, organises symposia in connection with general or methodological themes, publishes symposia proceedings and reports.

Working groups are set up by decision of the Bureau of the Section, which also has the power to terminate their work. Working groups are chaired by one of the organizations involved, which appoints one of its members as Chairperson.

The aims and activity programmes of working groups are submitted by the Chairperson to the Bureau of the Section for approval. Members of the Section on Education and Training for Prevention are free to join any Working Group of their choice, through the Secretariat of the Section.

Working Group 5 (WG 5) "Health and Safety Training: from School to work"


Collect, share and promote best practices in health and safety education and training for youth, from school to work, three dimensions must be addressed: education, training and integration into the workforce.


Produce a publication integrating the principles, goals and actions of the three following documents:

  • Québec City Protocol for the Integration of Occupational health and safety (OHS) competencies into Vocational and Technical education,
  • Berlin declaration for the Development of a Culture of Prevention in health and sfety: from school to work,
  • Lisbon Charter, Towards a Strategy of Welcoming and Accompanying young workers with respect to their health and safety.

Working Group 6 (WG 6) "Development Strategies"


Help countries and especially developing countries to ensure that the appropriate institutions assume responsibility for incorporating occupational health and safety competencies into education and training programs.

The Québec City Protocol provides a framework for countries to jointly implement a specific orientation in terms of integrating competencies that relate to the prevention of accident risks and occupational diseases into their educational programs.

How do we go about bringing these communities closer together? The Section can help some countries and states establish a partnership once the principles of the Québec City Protocol are endorsed. That is why Working Group 5 (WG5) assumes responsibility to publicize the Protocol and ensure that it is used in connection with efforts to reengineer educational programs.

Working Group 6 (WG6) could become involved at each step in the process, helping countries that wish to make adjustments to their own particular situations in order to implement the Protocol's principles and measures, and improve their methodological tools for this purpose.


  • Promote products developed and produced by ISSA over the years (Sections and WG) and increase awareness about education and training for prevention in the selected area (region, state, province), Québec City Protocol, Berlin Declaration, Lisbon Charter
  • Promote practical tools and best practices produced by institution members of ISSA
  • Establish a pilot project with a non-profit organization in Brazil (province of Pernambuco) for the implementation of a model of integration OHS in Education and Training for Prevention.

Working Group "Experts"

The mandate is currently under review.