The Global Coalition for Safety and Health at Work: Task Groups

The Global Coalition is composed of Task Groups that reflect the identified priorities of the global agenda on safety and health at work.

Task Group for the Construction of a Multiregional OSH Information System
Leader: EC, ICOH, EU-OSHA, Finland and Singapore

The recording, collection, and compilation of reliable and comparable OSH data and statistics at enterprise, national and global levels were identified as a priority to improve occupational safety and health by taking evidence-based solutions. Inspired by the European Union OSH information system, an integrated monitoring tool to collect information on all the main structural elements and performance indicators of EU Member States’ national OSH systems, this Task Group aims at developing a pilot project for the structural description of representative national OSH systems at multiregional level (EU, US, Asia, Africa, and South America).

Task Group on Vision Zero at the Enterprise Level
Leader: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

This task group introduces the Vision Zero concept globally to enterprises in a pragmatic way and aims at supporting the implementation of Vision Zero thinking in enterprises by producing e-learning materials and promoting an exchange of existing experiences in different countries and enterprises that have adopted Vision Zero as a driver for OSH management.

Task Group on OSH in the Future
Leader: EU-OSHA

Approaches to regulation and prevention of OSH risks and to promotion of workers’ health and wellbeing have adapted to major changes in the world of work. In recent years, the need to ensure that these approaches are ‘fit for purpose’ has become a widely recognised priority due to the influence of certain ‘mega-trends’ such as the growth of global trade, supply chains and labour migration; the impact of ICT and other new technologies; changes in the composition of the labour market; and climate change.

This Task Group aims at mapping the main research activities of collaborating organisations’ on OSH and the future of work in order to foster collaboration, share knowledge, identify gaps and avoid duplication.

Task Group on Non-Communicable Diseases
Leader: WHO

Non-communicable diseases, in particular, cancer, chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, represent a new frontier in the fight to improve global health. Worldwide, the increase in such diseases means that they are now responsible for more deaths than all other causes combined. This Task Group brings together global knowledge and experience to identify, systematize and make available existing practice to support prevention of NCD at work.

Task Group on OSH and Migrant Workers
Leader: ILO

According to the ILO global estimates, in 2017 there were 164 million migrant workers over 237 million of migrants aged 15 years and above. Preserving or re-establishing the health of migrant workers is a major challenge for both countries of origin and destination. Last two decades have shown an increased percentage of south-south migration. These changing dynamics show the importance of strengthening the capacities of countries to improve working conditions for migrant workers, whether they have been traditionally countries of origin or destiny. This Group looks at regulations and practices regarding OSH for migrant workers, in collaboration with the United Nations Network on Migration.

Task Group on Promoting Decent Work and Productive Employment through Higher Education

Education institutions are or should be one of the main drivers of social progress. The aim of this Task Group is to strengthen decent work and productive employment through improved and coordinated education and training programs on safety and health in education at national and international level.