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Media advisory

World Congress to showcase integrated strategies for safety and health

Media advisory | 15 August 2014
GENEVA – The XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014 which opens in Germany on 24 August will showcase strategies that promote a workplace prevention culture.

In the context of a rapidly-changing economic environment, the working population continues to face a multitude of work-related health challenges, resulting in a significant burden on national economies.

The World Congress organizers are pioneering a “vision zero” global prevention culture for workplace safety and health, in which strategies for occupational safety and health are not limited to the workplace, but also improve human well-being and benefit economies and societies.

The World Congress is the main international professional safety event, and will take place in Frankfurt from 24 to 27 August. The Congress will involve nearly 4,000 safety and health specialists, decision makers from the field of social security and the public sector as well as employers’ and workers’ representatives from around the world to exchange ideas, research and best practices on critical issues in the area of occupational safety and health.

A major programme highlight will be the International Media Festival for Prevention, which will feature health and safety media productions from more than 30 countries.

Held every three years, the World Congress is jointly organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and is hosted this year by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV).

Media accreditation

Journalists may request accreditation from the host organization.

Press conference

A press conference open to accredited media will be held in the Congress venue:
Monday, 25 August, 12:30 -13:30 in the Analog room, Forum, Messe Frankfurt am Main.

Media contacts

Press Officers will be available to assist media with interview requests, background information and documents.

Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung
Stefan Boltz - M: +49174/179-5682 E:

International Labour Organization
Stefan Giffeler - M: +49171/419-8295 E:

International Social Security Association
Alexander Belopopsky - M: +4179/455-9080 E: