Promoting a Preventative Safety and Health Culture: International instruments, national strategies and good practices
Every worker has right to decent and productive work which gives them a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress. This is something that cannot be compromised, even during a time of global socioeconomic suffering such as economic crises, natural disaster or political unrest.
In order to reduce the unacceptable human suffering and economic losses that are still caused by work-related accidents and illnesses worldwide, the ILO called for urgent actions of all concerned towards the national strategic approach on occupational safety and health (OSH) through the building and maintenance of a national preventative safety and health culture and the introduction of a systems approach to OSH management.
The promotion of safety and health culture is a leadership issue and requires strong commitments at international, national and enterprise level. At the same time, the development of measures of communication and consultation with workers to ensure their active participation at all stages is essential in building and maintaining a safety and health culture.
The 2011 ILO International Safety Conference will facilitate this process by offering up-to-date knowledge of international tools on OSH strategic approach and their application at national and enterprise levels. In particular, the good practice sessions will enable participants to enhance their own systems approach to OSH through exposure to the new initiatives and lessons learned in the two key sectors.
The highlighted two sectors in this Conference, construction and health, are confronted with high safety and health risks, both traditional and emerging, from physical and ergonomic risks to those relating to new technology as well as migration. These are common challenges for both developing and developed countries where there is a significant need for strategic and practical solutions.
The 2011 ILO International Safety Conference will take place during the A+A Safety, Security and Health at Work Inter-national Trade Fair with Congress, in collaboration with the German Federal Association for OSH (Basi), Messe Dusseldorf, International Social Security Association (ISSA), and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany.