XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

Building a Global Prevention Culture for a Healthy and Safe Future

The XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, jointly organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey, will be held in Istanbul, 11-15 September 2011. The theme of this year's World Congress is 'Building a Culture of Prevention for a Healthy and Safe Future'. Read more on the host website: www.safety2011turkey.org/

Organized every three years since 1955, the World Congress provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge, practices and experiences for all occupational safety and health specialists, employers and managers, trade unions, public administration, insurance and social security professionals, manufacturers and importers, as well as anyone with an interest in safety and health at work.

The Congress includes an International Film and Multimedia Festival organized by the ISSA, which will feature over 200 short films and multimedia presentations on occupational safety and health. An International Safety and Health Exhibition will run in parallel to the Congress, and will showcase safety and health technologies and products from a wide range of companies.


  1. Timetable
  2. Sessions, symposia and regional meetings
  3. Opening and closing ceremonies
  4. Side event: The contribution of occupational health services to universal access for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis
  5. Side event: 8th International Film and Multimedia Festival

Meeting outcome and documents

  1. Outcome of the XIX world congress

    Istanbul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work

  2. ILO Introductory Report

    Global Trends and Challenges on Occupational Safety and Health

  3. Outcome of the XVIII World Congress

    The Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work

  4. Background documents

    Full list of background documents and speeches from the Congress

  • Occupational safety and health is first of all a matter of human rights and respect for human dignity - prevention strategies protect working women and men. For enterprises, societies and economies, productivity gains and reduced health care costs and demands on national social security systems are among the benefits to be had.”

    Juan Somavia - ILO Director-General