Employment injury schemes and the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases

The objective of the course is to strengthen the capacity of employment injury institutions for the management of the occupational accidents and diseases and the promotion of a preventive approach to occupational safety and health (OSH).

Employment injury schemes are part of the social security branch in charge of the workers’ insurance for occupational accidents and diseases. Traditionally, they provide for compensation and coverage of the medical and rehabilitation costs of the injured and sick workers. Increasingly, the prevention of the occupational risks is becoming part of the mandate of these schemes and many worldwide experiences and best practices show that these schemes can play very important role to this purpose.

This course disseminates the ILO's international experience and facilitates knowledge-sharing and discussion of selected innovative and successful strategies to promote preventive and proactive OSH approaches involving employment injury schemes.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
● To describe the ILO principles and experience on National OSH governance, and the role and functions of employment injury schemes in international labour standards and other related instruments.
● To describe the organizational models of the employment injury schemes of selected countries as well as its policies, strategies and best practices on prevention activities.
● To advise in the implementation of policies, strategies and approaches of employment injury schemes addressed to the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases.
● Establish conclusions and recommendations on the feasibility of applying different analyzed approaches and experiences to national and institutional contexts.
● To transfer knowledge on the different best practices to promote OSH from the employment injury schemes.

The course is aimed at: decision-makers of ministries and institutions in charge of social security and OSH; employers’ and workers’ organizations representatives involved in the governance of the OSH and social security; technical staff from employment injury institutions; other people from training institutions involved in OSH and social security issues.