Technical Sessions and Symposia

The Congress will feature six technical sessions and 21 symposia with over 150 global experts covering key OSH topics and trends.

TS1 - OSH resilience and sustainability in enterprises
Lead: ILO; Organizer: ILO

Resilient organizations have the capacity to anticipate, monitor, respond and learn, especially in the face of unexpected challenges. As an emerging concept, resilience in OSH management holds the potential to enhance an organization’s capacity to respond to unexpected and complex risk management situations, by improving the number of things that go right, rather than by reducing the number of things that go wrong. The Technical Session will discuss this potential paradigm shift including the potential application of engineering principles to enhance safety management systems.

Moderator:
Frank Muchiri, Switzerland

Speakers:
Ikenna Ebuenyi, Nigeria
Seong-Kyu Kang, Republic of Korea
Hélène Michel, France
Hector Upegui, Germany

TS2 - Regulating OSH in future of work - New forms of work, workers, employers, workplaces and working relationships
Lead: ILO; Organizer: ILO

Labour markets, business models and technology are changing at a fast pace. New forms of work using new technologies such as platforms, the increase of self-employed and often blurred employment status and the interconnection between companies at national and cross border level makes it difficult for regulators to effectively govern occupational safety and health, both in terms of responsiveness of legislation as well as the regulatory capacity of compliance mechanisms. The technical session will debate these challenges and introduce innovative practices on how are countries preparing for the future of work.

Moderator:
Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Switzerland

Speakers:
William Cockburn, Spain
Valerio de Stefano, Belgium
Angela Herrera, Colombia
Richard Judge, United Kingdom
Stephanie Klaus, United States of America
Doo Yong Park, Republic of Korea (TBC)
Alan Stevens, United Kingdom
Jukka Takala, Finland

TS3 - Innovations in tripartite governance of occupational safety and health
Lead: Canada; Organizer: Canada

The tri-partite model for the governance of OSH policy and regulatory development has been an effective approach to strengthening worker health protection in Canada, and many other countries. This technical session will review global innovations in tripartite governance in support of policy, regulation and standard development. The session will consider opportunities and challenges in the new world of work, and examine how the model has supported a culture of prevention. Panelists will discuss the work of the tri-partite technical committee that developed ILO Convention C190, and the session will include four case studies of tripartite governance experiences in Chile, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada.

Moderator:
Cameron Mustard, Canada

Speakers:
John Beckett, Canada
Marie Clarke Walker, Canada
Pedro Contador, Chile
Michael Dauncey, Canada
Sujoy Dey, Canada
Fiona Ewing, New Zealand
John Ng, Singapore
Rakesh Patry, Canada
Shelley Uvanile-Hesch, Canada

TS4 - COVID-19 and the protection of workers : lessons from the global pandemic 
Lead: Canada; Organizer: Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply disrupted employment in many countries around the globe. Many millions of workers have adjusted to working remotely from their homes. And many more millions of workers, in sectors designated as essential, have been working in proximity to co-workers and, in some cases, providing services to clients, customers and other members of the public. This technical session will consider 3 dimensions of efforts to protect workers from the risks of COVID-19. A panel of OSH regulators will discuss the novel challenges faced by labour inspection services in the supporting essential workplaces in the adoption of effective infection control practices. A panel of OSH prevention experts will describe the exceptional importance of the global internet to rapidly disseminate guidance from trusted source authorities to hundreds of thousands of workplaces. The session will conclude with a global panel of scientists reflecting on the challenges in precisely identifying workplace transmission of COVID-19. 

Moderator:
Erin Oliver, Canada

Speakers:
Audrina Chua, Singapore
Andrew Curran, United Kingdom
Letitia Davis, United States of America
Siong Hin Ho, Singapore
Janet Mannella, Canada
David Michaels, United States of America
Peter Smith, Canada
Sven Timm, Germany
Jody Young, Canada

TS5 - VISION ZERO: Prevention for People – at work, in pandemics and beyond   
Lead: ISSA; Organizer: ISSA Mining Section, ISSA Construction Section

VISION ZERO was launched by the ISSA at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore. VISION ZERO promotes a comprehensive prevention strategy for safety, health and wellbeing and calls for a future for all without accidents, diseases or harm at work.   

The Technical Session looks at how VISION ZERO has developed as successful strategy to implement a prevention culture, focusing on responsible leadership and igniting a VISION ZERO movement all around the world.  

It will discuss the ways and methods that were used to mobilize and inspire the commitment by business leaders, political decision-makers, social partners, authorities and occupational safety and health professionals to promote a safe and healthy working environment for all, supported by the application of Seven Golden Rules.     

The Technical Session will explore opportunities for a proactive role of industry and all involved stakeholders to open perspectives of a strategic preventive culture to new fields. Therefore, possible links for the VISION ZERO approach to the public health sector in pandemic times, to global supply chains, to sustainable investments and to the society, as a whole will be discussed. 

Moderator:
Jillian Lee Hamilton, Australia 

Speakers:
Olga Bogdanova, Ukraine
Melanie Brinkmann, Germany 
Helmut Ehnes, Switzerland 
Thomas Englerth, United States of America
Siong Hin Ho, Singapore 
Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Spain
Karl-Heinz Noetel, Switzerland 
Roy Slack, Canada 

TS6 - OSH in the digital world     
Lead: ISSA; Organizer: ISSA Machine and Systems Safety Section, ISSA Research Section, BGN, INRS 

The digital transformation is a game changer for the way we work and live. Future scenarios of robots working side by side with human beings are no longer a utopia but already exist. New forms of work lead to a major increase in self-employment and non-regular employment. While automation so far mainly has affected the industrial sector, a digital world will impact all sectors and all types of work. This presents both a risk and an opportunity for the world of work as we know it and consequently for safety, health and wellbeing.  

In this Technical Session, experts will showcase how technical achievements through digital transformation already help make work safer, monitor health, improve quality, productivity and thus overall business results. Also discussed will be how to assess new risks related to new technologies, automation and more complex systems. Prevention services and actors need to adapt to these developments. An additional critical issue to be discussed will be how they can contribute to find solutions for smaller companies with limited resources and reach out to non-standard types of employment.  

The overall challenge in a digital world will be to preserve, respect and develop the human factor as important for success.

Moderator:
Marc Malenfer, France  
Marc Wittlich, Germany

Speakers:
Pierre Berastegui, Belgium 
Hans-Jürgen Bischoff, Germany
Scott Gaddis, Canada
Michel Hery, France 
Agnès Parent-Thirion, Ireland 
Stéphane Pimbert, France
Andrea Rowe, Australia 
Maria-Luz Vega, Switzerland 
Christian Werner, Germany 

SYM1 - Innovation of OSH governance - Institutions responsible for standards setting and compliance
Lead: ILO; Organizer: ILO

In the context of rapidly changing forms of work organization and work practices, this session will overview innovations in safety and health administration in institutions responsible for OSH compliance.

Moderator:
Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Switzerland

Speakers:
Duncan Shaw, Canada
Luis Carlos Lumbreras, Brazil
Kateryna Kuznetsova, Russian Federation
Zhao Li, United States of America
Kevin Myers, United Kingdom
Silas Sng, Singapore
Johan van Middelar, Netherlands
Selçuk Yasar, Turkey

SYM2 - Violence and harassment at work
Lead: Canada; Organizer: CUPE

This session will focus on the prevention of violence and harassment in the workplace, including international legislative developments, case studies, and tools for prevention and return to work.

Moderator:
Troy Winters, Canada

Speakers:
Audrey Gilbeau, Canada
Elisa Ilarda, Australia
Luz S. Marin, United States of America
Hannah Milward, New Zealand

SYM3 - Psychosocial factors and developments in mental health at work
Lead: ILO, Canada; Organizer: ILO, MHCC

This symposium will focus on the prevention of psychosocial risks at work, as well as the challenges of managing mental health in the workplace. Leading examples involving standards, regulations and workplace practices will be highlighted.

Moderator:
Liz Horvath, Canada

Speakers:
Charlotte Grevfors Ernoult, Luxembourg
Janet Nwaogu, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
Michel Rodrigue, Canada
Joti Samra, Canada
Steve Tizzard, Canada
Sue Weston, Australia

SYM4 - OSH Data - at the global, national and enterprise level 
Lead: ILO; Organizer: ILO

When reliable OSH data is not available, policy-makers, employers, and workers lack crucial knowledge for the prevention of occupational injuries and diseases. This session will examine data gaps at the global, national and enterprise levels and will highlight new and innovative tools for collecting and using OSH data. 

Moderator:
Yuka Ujita, Thailand 

Speakers:
Thuthula Balfour, South Africa 
Sean Banaee, United States of America 
Rafael J. Consunji, Qatar
Jillian Lee Hamilton, Australia 
Balint Nafradi, Switzerland

SYM5 (Formerly S23) - Training for Vision Zero
Lead: ISSA; Organizer: ISSA Education Section, IOSH

To what extent can training and education serve organizations on the road to Vision Zero? This symposium examines ways responsible organizations develop a positive, caring work culture and safe, healthy and productive workforces through training and education. 

Moderator:
Louise Hosking, United Kingdom  

Speakers:
Marilyn Hubner, Canada 
Ugochi Obidiegwu, Nigeria 
Davide Scotti, Italy 
Bonnie Yau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China

SYM6 - No injured workers left behind: Workers' compensation and employment injury insurance schemes are essential part for better prevention and protection of workers 
Lead: ILO; Organizer: ILO

Workers' compensation and employment injury insurance schemes play a pivotal role not only in providing necessary compensations and rehabilitation to injured workers but also in enhancing prevention of occupational injuries and diseases. This session will highlight their efforts in both developing and developed countries to cater for needs of all workers through integrated strategies on OSH, compensation and rehabilitation. 

Moderator:
Gilles Binet, Canada 

Speakers:
Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed, Malaysia 
Ellen MacEachen, Canada 
Raffaello Marcelloni, Italy 
Anna Weigelt, Sweden

SYM7 (Formerly S25) - The impact of digitalisation on OSH in global transportation and logistics - Possibilities for the success of the Vision Zero strategy 
Lead: ISSA; Organizer: ISSA Transportation Section

Every year the lives of approximately 1.25 million people are cut short as a result of a road traffic crash. Between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury. This symposium will look to technological developments and to promising approaches to strengthening a culture of prevention for the way forward to Vision Zero. 

Moderator:
Nadja Schilling, Germany 

Speakers:
Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed, Malaysia 
Sashikala Chandrasekar, India 
Sujoy Dey, Canada 
Carl Heinlein, United States of America 
Peter Schwaighofer, Austria 

SYM8 - Integrating workplace injury prevention with community prevention strategies 
Lead: Canada; Organizer: BCIRPU

This session will focus on examples of evidence-focused, population-based approaches aimed at changing attitudes and behaviours to build cultures of injury prevention at work, at home and in the community.  

Moderator:
Ian Pike, Canada   

Speakers:
Lilis Surienty Abd Talib, Malaysia 
Azlan Darus, Malaysia 
Laura Dale, Canada 
Richard Rinehart, United States of America

SYM9 - Building a strong OSH culture: workplace stories
Lead: Canada; Organizer: WorkSafeBC

This session will profile stories from Canada and around the world illustrating successful approaches to building strong workplace prevention cultures. 

Moderator:
Adrian Cook, Canada 

Speakers:
Naziadin Abd Ghani, Malaysia 
Chris Atchison, Canada 
Maia Foulis, Canada 
Britta Schmitt-Howe, Germany 
Ricardo Vyhmeister, Chile 

SYM10 - Global Collaborative Efforts for Advancing Vision Zero and a Culture of Prevention 
Lead: ISSA; Organizer: ISSA Prevention Culture Section, ISSA Trade Section, KOSHA

Safety and Health is the responsibility of society as a whole. This session will showcase prevention culture initiatives and will discuss how these efforts can contribute to improve the culture around occupational safety and health in the future.

Moderator:
Siong Hin Ho, Singapore

Speakers:
Tommi Alanko, Finland 
Ulrike Bollmann, Germany
Kyungwoo Kim, Republic of Korea 
Pete Kines, Denmark
Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Spain

SYM11 - Real Time OSH: Digital tools and knowledge  
Lead: Canada, ILO; Organizer: Canada, ILO

Information technology can improve workplace recognition, control, and regulation of OSH hazards, risks and working conditions. This session will focus on leading digital OSH tools and evidence-based online prevention resources. 

Moderator:
Louise Logan, Canada 

Speakers:
Lucia Botti, Italy 
Duane D'sa, Canada 
Edwin Galea, United Kingdom 
Jacqui McLaughlin, United Kingdom
Syed Wajid Ali Shah, Pakistan 
Imelda Wong, United States of America   

SYM12 - Successful digital OSH communication and information strategies in times of Vision Zero: Effective messages with appropriate technologies  
Lead: ISSA; Organizer: ISSA Information Section, NIOSH, DGUV

State-of-the-art information and communication campaigns can be powerful tools for raising OSH knowledge, awareness and action. This symposium will focus on effective campaigns, including Vision Zero and social and digital media interventions, and illustrate effective techniques and strategies.   

Moderator:
Donna Van Bogaert, United States of America  

Speakers:
Angela Janowitz, Germany
Kiran Kapoor, Canada
Betty Nyereyegona, Zimbabwe
Timothy Tregenza, Spain
Faiza Zia, Pakistan    

SYM13 - New thinking about the prevention of occupational cancer    
Lead: Canada; Organizer: OCRC

The burden of occupational cancer continues to grow, despite the fact exposures responsible for occupational cancer are well known and solutions are available to control these exposures. This session will focus on innovative approaches to applying these solutions to achieve safe and healthy work for all. 

Moderator:
Paul Demers, Canada  

Speakers:
Eduardo Algranti, Brazil 
Emilie Counil, France 
Hugh Davies, Canada  
Lesley Rushton, United Kingdom     

SYM14 - Strengthening worker health protection in global supply chains     
Lead: Canada; Organizer: IWH, CLC

Global supply chains cross national borders with varying standards for worker health protection. The symposium will highlight challenges and solutions for strengthening worker health protection across diverse market systems, regulatory regimes and safety cultures.   

Moderator:
Emily Norgang, Canada

Speakers:
Silvana Cappuccio, Italy 
Lisa Hollands, Germany 
Rakesh Patry, Canada 
Kalpona Aktar, Bangladesh  

SYM15 - Integrating people with disabilities in the world of work     
Lead: Canada; Organizer: NIDMAR, Solidaris

There are opportunities for greater progress in integrating people with disability in the world of work. This session will highlight successful approaches in different countries and economic sectors to support work participation among those with disabilities.   

Moderator:
Sari Sairanen, Canada

Speakers:
Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed, Malaysia
Graham Halsey, Scotland
François Perl, Belgium
Wolfgang Zimmerman, Canada  

SYM16 (Formerly S27) - Safety Culture in Farming: Growing from generation to generation   
Lead: ISSA, Canada; Organizer: ISSA Agriculture Section, KRUS, CCHSA

The themes of this session include good practices, innovative solutions and effective management to advance safety culture in agriculture. 

Moderator:
Magdalena Wachnicka-Witzke, Poland 

Speakers:
Magalie Cayon, France  
Sashikala Chandrasekar, India 
Isaac Abril Muñoz, Spain 
Arnd Spahn, Germany 
Päivi Wallin, Finland  

SYM17 (Formerly S29) - Forget the old safety framework approach:  Go for a great place to work    
Lead: ILO; Organizer: IOE

Procedures, processes, and risk assessments are only one way to improve OSH. Beyond the old safety framework approach, what is crucial is to create a culture which translates OSH into something tangible, related to daily life of workers. The session will draw on practical experiences to demonstrate the potential of strong workplace OSH culture to support OSH performance and business success. 

Moderator:
Kris De Meester, Belgium  

Speakers:
John Beckett, Canada 
Wouter De Gier, Netherlands 
Wolf Kirsten, United States of America 
Karolien Van Nunen, Belgium  

SYM18 (Formerly S30) - Promoting prevention and protection in global supply chains   
Lead: ILO; Organizer: ILO

While the contribution of GSCs to global economic growth and job opportunities is evident, their impact on the living and working conditions and the safety and health of workers raises important concerns. This session will examine innovative means that have been developed to improve working conditions and OSH in global supply chains.

Moderator:
Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Switzerland   

Speakers:
Ockert Dupper, Switzerland  
Ruma Ghosh, India 
Siena Harlin, United States of America 
Anne-Marie la Rosa, Switzerland 
Marcelo Tacitano, Brazil  

SYM19 - Worker safety on roadways in the age of automated vehicles  
Lead: ISSA; Organizer: DVR

Automated vehicles raise new questions about OSH risks and responsibilities for workers and employers. This symposium will examine emerging issues, in the near future when traffic is partly automated, and in the subsequent era of totally driverless traffic.

Moderator:
Walter Eichendorf, Germany   
Kay Schulte, Germany

Speakers:
José Raúl Gonzales, Guatemala  
Charles Johnson, United Kingdom 
Karin Müller, Germany
Wolfgang Uslar, Germany
Jason Weibel, Canada   

SYM20 - OSH challenges in the green economy   
Lead: ISSA, Canada; Organizer: ISSA Chemistry Section, BG RCI, CLC, IRSST

Employment in the renewable energy and recycling industries is growing rapidly in the developed and developing world. This symposium will overview OSH hazards in these sectors and highlight innovative control practices. 

Moderator:
Tara Peel, Canada   

Speakers:
Victoria Arrandale, Canada 
Repon Chowdhury, Bangladesh  
Patricia Dirrenberger, France 
Oswald Losert, Germany 
Jessica Ramsey, United States of America  

SYM21 - Vulnerability: the informal economy, migrant workers, and new & young workers    
Lead: Canada; Organizer: UNIFOR

OSH vulnerability – defined by exposure to hazards in contexts of inadequate workplace policies and practices – is more common among specific groups of workers: migrants, new and young workers and workers in the informal economy. This symposium will examine regulatory innovations to strengthen protection in the context of vulnerability. 

Moderator:
Sari Sairanen, Canada 

Speakers:
Sanjoy Chowdhury, India  
Jinky Leilanie Lu, Philippines 
Florence Moyo, Zimbabwe (TBC)
Cheryl Peters, Canada 
Ela Rydz, Canada
Yogindra Samant, Norway