Solving OSH issues in 2014

Over two million people die as a result of an occupational disease or accident each year, according to data published by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). To address matters like these, the XX World Congress on Safety and Health 2014: Forum for Prevention will be held in Germany later this year.

The World Congress, taking place from August 24 to 27, is expected to attract 4 000 participants from over 100 countries. This year, the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), in cooperation with the ILO and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), will host the event.

“We intend to use the World Congress 2014 as a platform for the discussion of the most pressing Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) issues with specialists from around the world,” explains Walter Eichendorf, deputy director general, DGUV.

Networking represents a significant opportunity in the field of OSH, as it facilitates the rapid dissemination of best-practice examples, current trends, new products and research findings. “Networking is a key pillar of sustainability – and the concept of sustainability will be at the heart of the World Congress 2014,” says Eichendorf.

More than 400 experts from around the world will speak at a variety of events. The three main themes that will provide a framework for the content of the congress are: Prevention Culture – Prevention Strategies – Vision Zero, Challenges in Occupational Health and Diversity in the World of Work. 

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