About the Special Session

This virtual live event brings together international thought leaders to examine COVID-19 and occupational safety and health, and the role prevention is playing in shaping the future world of work in light of the pandemic.

Day 1 - October 5, 2020:
The first day sessions feature a panel discussing innovations in addressing COVID-19, including the role technology is playing, the importance of rapid response workplace infection prevention practices, and regulatory innovations to address potential workplace legal, ethical and privacy issues. A second panel session is addressing the changing world of work due to the pandemic—including its impact on employment, work organization and social security protections. Break-out sessions then shine a light on “the culture of prevention” and its role in responding to COVID-19, the importance of good governance and social dialogue, and new Vision Zero indicators and training programs.

Day 2 - October 6, 2020:
The second day will feature sessions organized by the International Social Security Association and the International Labour Organization. These second day sessions profile the short-listed entries to the International Media Festival for Prevention, the intersected relationship of occupational safety and health, policy and governance, business continuity and resilience, employment and labour rights in a context of COVID-19 pandemic, and a Global Forum for Work Injury Insurance.

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9:00 - 9:20 am EDT / 1:00 – 1:20 pm UTC / 3:00 – 3:20 pm CEST
Opening Remarks

Speakers:
The Honourable Minister Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, Government of Canada
Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization
Prof. Dr. Joachim Breuer, President, International Social Security Association
Prof. Dr. Cameron Mustard, President, Institute for Work & Health and Chair, International Organizing Committee, XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
Ms. Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish

9:20 - 10:05 am EDT / 1:20 – 2:05 pm UTC / 3:30- 4:05 pm CEST
Panel 1: Innovation in addressing COVID-19

COVID-19 represents a new type of occupational disease, with rapid onset of symptoms rather than the traditional long latency period. The need for immediate and urgent action by governments and workplaces to safeguard workers means new ways of diagnosing, recording and notifying are required to meet this challenge and to evaluate the burden and impact on workplaces and social security systems. In this session, panelists will address this challenge with a focus on the virtual OSH training and technology as a tool in the response to COVID-19, the development and dissemination of workplace infection prevention practices in the context to COVID-19, and the new complexities COVID-19 brings to already existing legal issues related to prevention and health data.

Panelists:
Prof. Dr. Joachim Breuer, President, International Social Security Association
Prof. Dr. Seong-Kyu Kang, MD, PhD, Professor, Gachon University Gil Medical Centre and Vice President, International Commission on Occupational Health, Republic of Korea
Prof. Dr. Katherine Lippel, Distinguished Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mr. Emad Rizkalla, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bluedrop Performance Learning, Canada
Dr. Andrew Sharman, President, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, United Kingdom

Moderator:
Mrs. Vera Paquete-Perdigão, Director of the Governance and Tripartism Department, International Labour Organization

Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish

10:05 - 10:55 am EDT / 2:05 – 2:55 pm UTC / 4:05 – 4:55 pm CEST
The changing world of work and COVID-19

The employment impacts of COVID-19 in many nations have been sharp and deep, while in others they have been less severe. In all nations COVID-19 can be seen to be shaping the future world of work. In this session, panelists will describe scenarios for the pace of global employment recovery, look at the future of work organization and the growth and impact of remote working arrangements, prevention measures for essential workers, the importance of social security protections, and policy reforms that may emerge in the post-pandemic period.

Panelists:
Dr. Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed, CEO, Social Security Organisation, Malaysia
Mr. Aminur Rashid-Repon Chowdhury, Executive Director, Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation, Bangladesh
Mr. Kris De Meester, Senior Advisor, Federation of Enterprises, Belgium
Dr. Viviana Gómez Sánchez, President, Latin-American Association of Occupational Health, Costa Rica
Mr. Phillip Germain, Chief Executive Officer, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board, Canada
Dr. Elizabeth Lungu-Nkumbula, Board Chairperson, ENVIS Consulting Limited, Zambia

Moderator:
Mr. Rakesh Patry, Director General of International and Intergovernmental Labour Affairs, Employment and Social Development Canada, Government of Canada, Canada

Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish

10:55 - 11:05 am EDT / 2:55 – 3:05 pm UTC / 4:55 – 5:05 pm CEST
Special Announcements - International Media Festival for Prevention

International Media Festival for Prevention
The International Media Festival for Prevention will present a 5 minute-video moderated by Martina Hesse-Spötter, Chair of the International Social Security Association Special Commission on Prevention and President of the International Social Security Association Electricity Section, which will summarize the festival’s submissions phase, the jury work and what is coming next. It will also address on how the postponement of the World Congress, due to the pandemic, will has affected the development of the Festival. The video will also include highlights from the International Media Festival for Prevention 2017, the official invitation to the Special Media Session at the World Congress in Toronto in September 2021, and an invitation to the virtual IMFP Short List Announcement on 6 October 2020 at 9:00 am EST.

Speakers:
Ms. Martina Hesse-Spötter, Chair of the International Social Security Association Special Commission on Prevention and President of the International Social Security Association Electricity Section

Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish

10:55 - 11:05 am EDT / 2:55 – 3:05 pm UTC / 4:55 – 5:05 pm CEST
Special Announcements - XXIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

XXIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
A surprise Special Announcement will be made about the XXIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work scheduled to take place in 2023.

Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish

11:05 - 11:55 am EDT / 3:05 – 3:55 pm UTC / 5:05 – 5:55 pm CEST
Breakout Session A – Organized by Canada: Chairs’ Panel on a Culture of Prevention – is it the answer to COVID-19? 

In this panel, the current and past Chairs of the World Congress International Organizing Committee will join together with social partners to explore the premise that a strong culture of prevention has supported the ability of workplaces to respond effectively to COVID-19. Through the lens of those sectors that were deemed “essential”, the panel will explore what role a culture of prevention played in responding to the COVID-19 emergency, and what new lessons this experience offers about the importance of a prevention culture to occupational health and safety globally.  

Panelists:
Mr. John Beckett, Vice-President of Operations, British Columbia Maritime Employers Association, Canada
Ms. Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress, Canada
Prof. Dr. Walter Eichendorf, Past Chair, International Organizing Committee, XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Germany
Er. Ho Siong Hin, Past Chair, International Organizing Committee, XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Singapore
Prof. Dr. Cameron Mustard, President, Institute for Work & Health and Chair, International Organizing Committee, XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Canada
Ms. Elizabeth Witmer, Chair, Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Canada

Moderator:
Ms. Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Canada

Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish

11:05 - 11:55 am EDT / 3:05 – 3:55 pm UTC / 5:05 – 5:55 pm CEST
Breakout Session B – Organized by ILO: Resilient and sustainable workplaces in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic through good governance and social dialogue

The session will address the impacts of COVID-19 on workers and businesses. It will ask participants to express their knowledge and views of what has worked well and what needs to be improved for a better governance of the crisis and be prepared for other potential threats to health and economic growth. The roundtable discussion will bring together representatives from the International Labour Organization, government, employers, workers, and a research institution to engage on a dialogue focused around following key questions:
- What type of action is required from all to better address the still on-going pandemic, how can we build better into the future we want, and what have we learned from this experience that we should not repeat?
- How will this influence the future of prevention?
- Where should we focus as a priority for being able to forecast and prepare for health and safety emergencies that can affect us all globally or in a given a region? What are the major challenges and obstacles that we need to consider?
- What advice would you give to our audience on how to build and make the best use of synergies between tripartite actors in diverse national environments? What are the most difficult obstacles for this to happen?

Speakers:
Mr. Andrew Gavrielatos, SafeWork NSW, Chair XXIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Australia
Mr. Roberto Suárez Santos, Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers, Switzerland
Mr. Owen Tudor, Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, Belgium

Panelists:
Ms. Salima Admi, Ministère du Travail et de l'Insertion Professionnelle, Maroc
Ms. Tara Peel, National Representative, Health, Safety & Environment, Canadian Labour Congress, Canada
Mr. Derrick Hynes, President and CEO of FETCO (Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications)
Ms. Elke Schneider, Senior Project Manager, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Spain
Mr. Youcef Ghellab, Head, Social Dialogue Unit, International Labour Organization

Moderator:
Mr. Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Chief, Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch, International Labour Organization

Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish

11:05 - 11:55 am EDT / 3:05 – 3:55 pm UTC / 5:05 – 5:55 pm CEST
Breakout Session C – Organized by ISSA: Vision Zero in Motion: Presenting the new Vision Zero Training programme and the new Vision Zero Proactive Leading Indicators

Launched at the last World Congress three years ago, Vision Zero has found a broad acceptance in the world of industry, organisations and occupational health and safety professionals. What started as a campaign has gradually become part of a prevention culture and a sound strategy to improve prevention performance beyond compliance. Following the demands of the occupational safety and health community, we have been working with businesses, social security institutions, researchers and professional training providers to take Vision Zero to the next level.

In this session the International Social Security Association will present to you
- The new Vision Zero Training Programme - a newly developed Vision Zero training course for companies, to be delivered by accredited Vision Zero trainers
- The new Vision Zero Proactive Leading Indicators – a guide to measure and manage safety, health and wellbeing
- Exciting experiences and Vision Zero success stories from the occupational safety and health community

Speakers:
Dr. Bill Gunnyeon, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, United Kingdom
Mr. Helmut Ehnes, Chairman, International Social Security Association VISION ZERO Steering Committee
Prof. Stavroula Leka, Professor of Work Organization & Well-being, Cork University Business School, Ireland
Prof. Brou Yves Yéboué Kouamé, Director, Social Insurance Institute - National Social Insurance Fund (CNPS), Côte d’Ivoire
Dr. Dheera Phong-anant, Manager, Occupational Safety and Health Development & International Relations Center, SHAWPAT, Thailand
Mr. José Raul González, Chief Executive Officer, Cementos Progreso

Moderator:
Mr. Bernd Treichel, Senior Technical Specialist in Prevention, International Social Security Association

Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish

8:00 - 10:00 am EDT / 12:00 – 2:00 pm UTC / 2:00 – 4:00 pm CEST
ISSA Special Session: Global Forum for Work Injury Insurance

The Global Forum gathers leading experts and researchers from social security institutions to discuss prevention related questions for workers compensation boards and occupational accident insurance schemes. The Forum focusses on various topics dedicated to prevention, communication, innovation, sustainability and resilience. This year, the Forum will address responses to pandemics outbreaks and extreme events such as the COVID-19. It will be hosted by the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation with honourable support of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health Organizers, the International Social Security Association and its ISSA Technical Commission on Insurance against Employment Accidents and Occupational Diseases. We are also pleased to welcome the regional organizations, bringing together social security institutions that are providing insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases.

Speakers:
Mr. Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General, International Social Security Association
Mr. Andrey Pudov, Secretary of State – Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation
Mr. Phillip Germain, Chief Executive Officer, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board, Canada
Mr. Alexey Polikashin, Deputy Chairman, Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation
Mr. Vic van Vuuren, Director of Enterprises, International Labour Organization
Dr. Edlyn Hoeller, Deputy Director-General, German Social Accident Insurance
Dr. Irene C. Isaka, Secretary General, East and Central Africa Social Security Association
Mr. Dong-Heon Kim, Director of IT, Korea Workers' Compensation & Welfare Service
Dr. Stefan Hussy, Director-General, German Social Accident Insurance, Chair of the International Social Security Association Technical Commission on Insurance against Employment Accidents and Occupational Diseases
Ms. Evelyn McGill, President, International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions

Languages:
English and Russian

Learn more: www.gfwii.tilda.ws/gfwii

9:00 - 10:00 am EDT / 1:00 – 2:00 pm UTC / 3:00 – 4:00 pm CEST
ISSA Special Session: International Media Festival for Prevention Short List Announcement

Since 1990, the International Sections of the International Social Security Association for Electricity and on Information for Prevention have been organizing the International Media Festival for Prevention in the framework of the World Congress for Safety and Health at Work, which takes place every three years. And despite the postponement of this year’s World Congress to 19-22 September 2021 in Toronto, the media festival remains an integral part of the main international prevention event.

Join us on a media journey around the globe! We warmly invite you to attend our IMFP Live Session on 6 October 2020 from 9:00 – 10:00 am EDT. Find out what is new in the field of media in prevention, and be part of the announcement of the 50 shortlisted projects of this year's festival. We look forward to your participation! The best submissions will be awarded at the traditional Special Media Session on 20 September 2021 in Toronto, Canada.

Moderators:
Ms. Martina Hesse-Spötter, Chair of the International Social Security Association Special Commission on Prevention and President of the International Social Security Association Electricity Section
Mr. Holger Zingsheim, Head of Communication, BG ETEM - Berufsgenossenschaft Energie Textil Elektro Medienerzeugnisse (German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the energy, textile, electrical and media products sectors)

Speakers:
Ms. Veronique De Broeck, Director, Prevent, Belgium
Dr. Mei-Li Lin, Senior Vice-President – Innovation, Solution, and Partnership, DEKRA – Service Division Consulting, USA
Ms. Louise Logan, National Director for the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work and President, Logan & Associates Inc., Canada
Dr. Betty Nyereyegona, Chief Occupational Safety and Health and Worker’s Compensation Officer, National Social Security Authority of Zimbabwe
Mr. Peter Rimmer, Chair of the IMFP Jury, Freelance Writer and Photographer, Great Britain
Mr. Andrew Smith, Head of Communication and Promotion, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
Dr. Donna Van Bogaert, Chair of the IMFP Jury, Managing Technical Advisor for the NIOSH Global Program, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, USA
Siew Liang Yeo, Assistant Director (Promotions) Promotions and Outreach, Workplace Safety and Health Council, Singapore

Languages:
English

9:00 - 11:00 am EDT / 1:00 – 3:00 pm UTC / 3:00 – 5:00 pm CEST
ILO Special Session: Preparing for Decent Work through Safety and Health in the New Normal

The session will explore the intersected relationships between occupational safety and health, business continuity and resilience, employment and labour rights in a context of COVID-19. It will debate the short and medium-term role of safety and health at work in the definition of economic and social policy responses to build back better.

The first panel will debate how safety and health at work will continue to support effective response against COVID-19 contagion, preparations for recovery and, in addition, to being a key contributing factor for quality job creation, retention and strengthening of national social dialogue. Further, panelists will inform on how the International Labour Organization has made use of the integrated policy approach and how the diverse dimensions interact for a safe and sustainable recovery, highlighting as possible practical examples. The panel will further look into the future with particular focus on how countries and workplace can be better prepared in addressing any future safety and health challenges of a global nature.

The second panel will highlight the importance of a consistent and coordinated global approach to address worldwide occupational safety and health challenges, including COVID-19. The session will show case the example of the Global Coalition for Safety and Health at Work and will invite panelists to a dialogue on opportunities and challenges of this type of initiative, and how they envisage in the Coalitions’ work the intersect of occupational safety and health with other variables covering labour rights, employment and economic growth.

Opening:
Ms. Martha Newton, Deputy Director-General for Policy, International Labour Organization

Round Table Dialogue I Speakers:
Ms. Corinne Vargha, Director, International Labour Standards Department, International Labour Organization
Mr. Vic Van Vuuren, Director, Enterprises Department, International Labour Organization
Mr. Sangheon Lee, Director, Employment Department, International Labour Organization
Ms. Manuela Tomei, Director, WorkQuality Department, International Labour Organization
Ms. Vera Paquete-Perdigão, Governance and Tripartism Department, International Labour Organization
Mr. Vinicius Pinheiro, Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, International Labour Organization

Round Table Dialogue II Speakers:
Mr. William Cockburn, Head of Prevention and Research Unit, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (Global Coalition task group on occupational safety and health and the Future of Work)
Dr. Johannes Siegrist, Senior professor, Centre for Health and Society, Heinrich-Heine University, Germany (Global coalition task group on promotion of SDG work and productive employment through higher education)
Mr. Tommi Alanko, Director, Institute of Occupational Health, Finland (Global Coalition task group on vision zero at enterprise level)
Mr. Antonio Cammarota, Principal Administrator, DG EMPL/B3, European Commission (Global Coalition task group on multiregional occupational safety and health data systems)
Dr. Jukka Takala, President, International Commission of Occupational Health

View of Social Partners - Speakers:
Mr. Kris de Meester, International Organization of Employers (Global Coalition Steering Committee Member)
Mr. Owen Tudor, Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, Belgium

Closing:
Mr. Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Chief, Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch, International Labour Organization

Moderator:
Ms. Conny Czymoch

Languages:
English

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