The World Congress:
Adapting to our changing world 

The World Congress was originally created to act as a global forum so that occupational safety and health professionals and thought leaders would have a platform to share, educate, and discuss with their international counterparts. Since its inception in 1955, the world of work has evolved and changed significantly.   

The theme for the XXII World Congress reflects the fact that today, the world is highly connected. This connectivity has been enabled and accelerated through mechanisms such as global supply chains and technology allowing for the rapid exchange of data, knowledge, processes and practices that create challenges and opportunities for protecting the safety and health of workers. 

While this theme continues to be relevant, we are now faced with a public health crisis that is changing the shape of our lives, and our work: COVID-19. And as we all adapt to this new and evolving reality, our plans for the XXII World Congress must also adapt.  

We first made the decision to postpone to September 19-22, 2021. Now, we are exploring virtual options that will enhance the Congress programming we will be offering in Toronto, and which will allow the World Congress to become an even more global event. We are also examining our outreach, marketing, and programming to make sure they are relevant, and timely.  

Over the past seven decades the World Congress has marked important developments in the world of work, and in prevention. The XXII World Congress will continue this tradition and bring you thought leadership, knowledge and experience that reflects the realities of prevention in today’s world of work.  

How we’re adapting

• Over the next few months we will be renewing our website to make sure you can easily access the information you need about the Congress – watch for our new look in September 2020!

• We are planning some important activities for the fall of 2020, sign up for updates to learn more.

• We are going virtual (but you can still find us in person)! We are planning to make the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work an online as well as in-person experience. Sign up for updates to learn more later this year.






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International Labour Organization (ILO)

The International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919. It became the first specialized agency of the United Nations in 1946 and has 187 member States. The ILO is committed to promoting human and labour rights, pursuant of its founding principle that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace.


International Social Security Association (ISSA)

The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is the principal international institution bringing together social security agencies and organisations. The ISSA’s aim is to promote dynamic social security as the social dimension in a globalising world by supporting excellence in social security administration. Prevention has been on the ISSA’s agenda since its creation in 1927.


Canadian Hosts

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is a Canadian leader in work injury and disability prevention research. IWH conducts and shares actionable research to promote, protect and improve the health and safety of working people. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS) is Canada's national resource for the advancement of workplace health and safety.


About the Congress

It's Canada's turn to welcome the global prevention community in Toronto! In 2020 the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work will be hosted in Toronto by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS).



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