On 26 November 2017, Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, ISSA Secretary General, met with the Chilean Minister of Employment and Social Security, Alejandra Krauss, and the Undersecretary of Social Security, Jeannette Jara, to officially welcome the Chilean Ministry to the Vision Zero community. According to the Chilean Secretary of State, Chile is currently transforming its approach and commitment to occupational health and Vision Zero has ignited fresh passion in these efforts.
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The International Social Security Association (ISSA) had the opportunity to present the Vision Zero Campaign during the IOSH annual conference which took place form 20-21 November 2017 in Birmingham, England. Companies like Tesco and Thames Water discussed the Vision Zero campaign with Bernd Treichel, Vision Zero Expert from the ISSA, and expressed their interest in implementing the campaign in their operations by aligning it to their already existing OSH management programmes.
On November 15th, 2017, the European Aviation Group for Occupational Safety and Health (EAGOSH) generated support for Vision Zero from the safety experts in the field. Mr Martin Sobottke of the Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV) presented the 7 Golden Rules of Vision Zero in an industry-specific context. Mr Stefan Sauerbier, who is both a representative of DHL and the head of EAGOSH, had personally attended the Vision Zero global launch in Singapore. Now, in a more intimate setting, the experts agreed that they supported the big-picture strategy that Vision Zero provides.
Along with being Europe’s biggest economy, Germany can now also add host of the European Vision Zero launch to its credit. The ISSA Secretary General, Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, took to the stage at the A+A event at the Congress Center in Düsseldorf on October 17th to present the Vision Zero concept to a room filled with enthusiastic representatives from different sectors . The audience included government workers, members of international organizations and influential directors in the private sector.
Every two years, the Messe Düsseldorf convention centre hosts the A+A exhibition where over 70,000 people from all over the world visit over three days to see the newest advancements in occupational safety technology and products. Hundreds of exhibitors set up their stands to showcase their latest work boots, high-performing smart gloves and machines that automate tedious tasks. Different social insurance providers and advocates of good labour conditions were also present.
More than 130 industry professionals and prevention experts met at the Thai Vision Zero launch at the first International Thailand Vision Zero Conference, 12-13 September 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Conducted in close cooperation with the Thai Safety and Health at Work Promotion Association (SHAWPAT) and ISSA Mining, the event was held right after the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017 in Singapore. The two-day conference in Thailand combined excellent presentations by Thai and international speakers.
The International Social Security Association (ISSA) launches the first ever global campaign to improve safety, health and wellbeing at work. The campaign aims to engage companies worldwide to systematically cut down on occupational accidents and diseases by investing in a healthy and motivated workforce.