The Vision Zero campaign, launched in September 2017 at the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore, has already gathered over 5,000 supporters worldwide. Vision Zero represents a paradigm shift – the belief that every person can return home healthy at the end of the working day if the right preventive measures are taken. Vision Zero is a process to continuously improve safety and health at work.
On the second day of the conference, Vision Zero Community initiatives from different regions of the world will be presented. Large and small companies will show how they work with Vision Zero and what successes they have already achieved by working with the 7 Golden Rules. Presentations from Asia and Africa will give visitors the opportunity to see the global reach of Vision Zero and understand how other regions are making health and safety a national priority through Vision Zero activities. The 7 Golden Rules also provide solutions to many of the issues currently under discussion in the international community, such as occupational diseases, migration and the digitalisation of work. A panel of international experts will outline how Vision Zero can address these challenges facing the world of work.
Following the conference, all participants are invited to take a ‘Highlight Tour’ of the A+A Trade Fair for the future of work (safe technology, ergonomics, PPE).
Vision Zero Company Perspectives and Partner Initiatives
Vision Zero – the Malaysian experience
The vision zero was first introduced to the Malaysian public in the year 2014. Since then numerous activities had been conducted in the build-up for the nation to embrace the Vision Zero initiative. Vision Zero Malaysia was launched simultaneously with the inaugural Vision Zero Conference in July 2019. The initiative had since gain a tremendous momentum with ten-fold increase of Vision Zero companies and partners achieved within 3 months of the launch. The initiatives is planned for a generational change in Malaysia. The Vision Zero Malaysia Secretariat which was formed will monitor and promote Vision Zero in the country based on three activity scopes: (1) Promotion and awareness by increasing the visibility of Vision Zero among safety and health practitioners in the country. (2) Improving literacy and resources by enabling better comprehension and understanding of the concepts of Vision Zero. (3) Field implementation by hands – on modules for safety and health with direct reference to the 7 Golden Rules of Vision Zero. The paper will highlight the strategies and activities planned for Vision Zero initiatives in Malaysia. These will include the strategies for the 2017-2019 triennium and followed by future undertakings for the country.
Vision Zero and the Golden Rules in Action
The Zambian Vision Zero Campaign
Vision Zero – Building a Prevention Culture
Vision Zero - Leading Indicators
Occupational Cancer : No time to lose
Vision Zero – Addressing Occupational Priorities
Vision Zero and Dangerous Substances
Vision zero has its origins as a partnership-based approach for reducing road traffic accidents. Can such approach be adapted to occupational safety and health, and specifically to the issue of dangerous substances?
EU OSHA believes that the answer is yes. While dangerous substances poses challenges – in particular the issue of long-latency diseases from exposure to hazardous substances, the basic principles for prevention remain coherent with the vision zero approach.
Vision zero considers both the systemic and human dimensions of health and safety to build a prevention culture. In particular, the ISSA golden rules emphasize the importance of leadership, competences and motivation in prevention alongside the need for ensuring good work organization, equipment, and systems. It also explicitly states the need to be considering health and wellbeing as well as accident prevention.
This is entirely compatible with the EU’s approach to prevention and in particular to its actions regarding harmful substances. The European legislative framework obliges duty holders to assess risks, put in place prevention policies, and delineates a hierarchy of prevention while emphasizing the importance of information, instruction, training, and supervision. In addition, the EU approach to dangerous substances addresses the supply chain and emphasizes the need for social dialogue in prevention.
Prevention in a connected age
More than 4,000 experts and decision-makers from all over the world will attend the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Toronto, October 4-7, 2020. The motto for the XXII World Congress is Prevention in the connected age: global solutions to achieve safe and healthy work for all. As the world grows every more connected by information and communication technology, there are both challenges and opportunities to strengthen the global effort to protect the health and safety of workers. The Congress programme will explore innovations in addressing longstanding safety and health challenges, will consider the implications of the changing world of work for workers, employers, regulators, researchers, and OHS professionals and will emphasize the importance of strong cultures of prevention to advance the global movement to eliminate the causes of work-related injury and illness. Sponsored by the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association, the Congress will be an important opportunity to highlight global progress in the adoption of Vision Zero.
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