Thank you for being part of Special Session: COVID-19 & OSH

October 5 - 6, 2020 Recordings

Opening Remarks Panel 1: Innovations in Addressing COVID-19 Panel 2: The Changing World of Work and
COVID-19
Monday, October 5, 2020
20 minutes
Monday, October 5, 2020
41 minutes
Monday, October 5, 2020
52 minutes
Speakers:
  • The Honourable Minister Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, Government of Canada
  • Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization

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  • 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

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Description: COVID-19 represents a new type of occupational disease, with rapid onset of symptoms rather than the traditional long latency period.

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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 addressed 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
  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Sharman, President, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, United Kingdom

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

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Description: The employment impacts of COVID-19 in many nations have been sharp and deep, while in others they have been less severe.

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In all nations COVID-19 can be seen to be shaping the future world of work. In this session, panelists described scenarios for the pace of global employment recovery and looked 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:
  • Mr. Aminur Rashid-Repon Chowdhury, Executive Director, Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Azlan Darus, Head of Prevention, Medical and Rehabilitation, Social Security Organisation, Malaysia
  • 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

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Special Announcements Breakout Session A – Organized by Canada: Chairs' Panel on a Culture of Prevention – is it the answer to COVID-19? Breakout Session B – Organized by ILO: Resilient and sustainable workplaces in the light of COVID-19 Pandemic through good governance and social dialogue
Monday, October 5, 2020
11 minutes
Monday, October 5, 2020
45 minutes
Monday, October 5, 2020
45 minutes
Description: The International Media Festival for Prevention presented a 5 minute-video which summarized the festival's submissions phase, the jury work and what is coming next.

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It also addressed on how the postponement of the World Congress, due to the pandemic, has affected the development of the Festival. The video also included 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 EDT.

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

A special announcement was also be made about the XXIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work scheduled to take place in 2023.

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Description: In this panel, the current and past Chairs of the World Congress International Organizing Committee joined 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.

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Through the lens of those sectors that were deemed "essential", the panel explored 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
  • 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

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Description: 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.

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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, Executive Director, Community Engagement, SafeWork NSW and 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, Director of Labour, Ministry of Labour and Professional Integration, Morocco
  • Mr. Derrick Hynes, President and CEO of FETCO (Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications)
  • Ms. Tara Peel, National Representative, Health, Safety & Environment, Canadian Labour Congress, Canada
  • Dr. Elke Schneider, Senior Project Manager, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Spain
  • Dr. 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

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Breakout Session C – Organized by ISSA: Vision Zero in Motion - Presenting the new Vision Zero Proactive Leading Indicators and the new Vision Zero Training programme Closing Remarks
Monday, October 5, 2020
45 minutes
Monday, October 5, 2020
3 minutes
Description: 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.

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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 presented:
  • - 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
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Description: Closing remarks for the Special Session were provided by the The Honourable Minister Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, Government of Canada.
ISSA Special Session: Global Forum for Work Injury Insurance
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ISSA Special Session: International Media Festival for Prevention Short List Announcement ILO Special Session: Preparing for Decent Work through Safety and Health in the New Normal
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
110 minutes
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
60 minutes
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
120 minutes
Description: The Global Forum gathered leading experts and researchers from social security institutions to discuss prevention related questions for workers compensation boards and occupational accident insurance schemes.

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The Forum focusses on various topics dedicated to prevention, communication, innovation, sustainability and resilience. This year, the Forum will addressed responses to pandemics outbreaks and extreme events such as the COVID-19. It was 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 were 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, State Secretary – Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation
  • 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

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Description: 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.

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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! 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. 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
  • Mr. Siew Liang Yeo, Assistant Director (Promotions) Promotions and Outreach, Workplace Safety and Health Council, Singapore

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Description: The session explored the intersected relationships between occupational safety and health, business continuity and resilience, employment and labour rights in a context of COVID-19.

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It debated 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 debated 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 informed 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 further explored 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 highlighted the importance of a consistent and coordinated global approach to address worldwide occupational safety and health challenges, including COVID-19. The session showcased the example of the Global Coalition for Safety and Health at Work and invited 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 One: Integrated policy approach for safe work in a COVID-19 and recovery period: the ILO experience - Speakers:
  • Ms. Corinne Vargha, Director, International Labour Standards Department, International Labour Organization
  • Mr. Vic Van Vuuren, Director, Enterprises Department, International Labour Organization
  • Dr. 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

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

Round Table Two: Multidisciplinary and multilateral action for common problems: the case of the Global Coalition for Safety and Health at Work - 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

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

Moderator:
  • Ms. Conny Czymoch, cc Media

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