How we are adapting

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

We’ve renewed our website to make sure you can easily access the information you need about the Congress. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us here!

Register for our Special Session on October 5-6, 2020. This important virtual session will focus on COVID-19 and OSH and will be dedicated to addressing how COVID-19 has affected the workplace and the future of work. Additional sessions will also be organized by the ILO and ISSA.
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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.