The ILO/ISSA Conference on Challenges and Solutions in a Global Economy – Global Action for Prevention will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 28 to 29 October 2015 in the framework of the 34th International A+A Congress and Trade Fair on Occupational Safety and Health, taking place from 27 to 30 October 2015.
The Conference is jointly organized by the ISSA and the International Labour Office (ILO) in collaboration with the German Federal Working Group on Safety and Health at Work (BASI). It is aimed at social insurance institutions, public administrations, workers, employers and all others who may be interested in the following topics:
The promotion of a world-wide prevention culture is necessary to better understand risk exposure and learn how to address these risks at work. The ISSA's Special Commission on Prevention has been promoting a worldwide prevention culture through various activities, such as the promotion of the Seoul Declaration, the development of indicators to measure the level of safety and health in enterprises and by addressing young workers.
The value of prevention is increasingly understood as strategic assets for companies. The objective of this session is therefore to identify the common interests of enterprises and social security institutions that can contribute to a workplace prevention culture.
Promoting health and well-being at work
The ISSA Guidelines on Workplace Health Promotion describe the role of social security in supporting programmes for the well-being of employees. In view of the dramatic rise of non-communicable diseases, society needs to identify approaches that support the working population in staying healthy. This session will provide good practice examples and approaches to health and well-being at work.
"Vision Zero" is based on the view that all work-related accidents and occupational diseases are preventable and that a world without work-related fatalities and serious injuries is possible. Such a vision requires a clear, coherent and comprehensive strategy as well as joint efforts at every level to reduce incidents and accidents at the workplace.
A cornerstone of this strategy must be that social security institutions, that cover the risks of occupational accidents or diseases play a key role (e.g. through the introduction of incentive systems). It therefore calls upon social security institutions to develop tools that support these processes, such as information campaigns, safety and health trainings or consultations at the workplace.
Vulnerable Groups – Reintegration
There are numerous groups of workers who may be vulnerable to workplace injury risks in different ways. They may include, for instance, young workers, migrant workers, older workers, workers in the informal economy, or workers that live with a temporary or long-term disability. This session will address the challenges that these workers face and present strategies and approaches to support them.
The topics of prevention of occupational risks, the promotion of health and well-being at work as well as the rehabilitation and reintegration of insured employees strongly link to key areas of social security.
The ILO/ISSA Conference will provide a unique occasion for senior representatives and technical specialists of various social security institutions to engage in an exchange on prevention approaches in social security, especially in the areas of accident prevention, health and reintegration. The working languages will be English and German.