In 1955, the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association established the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work as a global forum to advance worker health protection. Since then, the Congress has opened its doors to the world every three years, each time hosted by a different country. It has become one of the world’s largest events for the international occupational safety and health community--attracting thousands of delegates from across the world.
The Congress has four official languages: English, French, German and Spanish.
The objectives of the Congress include:
Providing a forum for exchange of practices and experiences in order to promote safe and healthy work for all.
Strengthen connections, networks and alliances while laying the groundwork for cooperation and strengthening relationships among all concerned.
Provide a platform for knowledge, innovation, and strategic and practical ideas that can be immediately put into use.
The Congress brings together the global workplace prevention community including:
High-level government officials, high-level decision-makers in the public and private sectors;
CEOs and labour leaders;
OSH professionals such as safety engineers, safety technicians, occupational hygienists, scientists, and so on;
Occupational physicians and others dealing with occupational medicine;
Labour inspectors and safety and health inspectors;
Instructors, trainers and teachers in the field of OSH education;
Trade unions, workers and their representatives;
Employers and their organizations, including human resource managers;
Social security institutions;
Public and private OSH organizations;
International and regional organizations;
Manufacturers and importers of safety materials and safety equipment;
Experts in communication and public relations; and media representatives and journalists
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