06 September 2017
09:00 – 11:00
Level 4, Meeting Rooms


Synopsis for concurrent symposia sessions: S07, S08, S09, S13, S14, S17, S18, S20, S21 and S29.

S07. Improving OSH in global supply chains


Level 4, Orchid Jr. 4211

According to ILO estimates, 60 to 80 per cent of world trade involves global supply chains (GSCs). The contribution of these trade mechanisms to global economic growth and job opportunities is clear, however their impact on the working conditions, safety and health of workers involved in developing countries, raises concern. Though there is great potential to harness the growing power of GSCs to improve occupational safety and health, examples of such successful initiatives are limited.

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S08. Bringing impactful health and safety programmes to workers at their doorsteps

HPB, Singapore

Level 4, Orchid Jr. 4311

There is a close inter-relationship between workplace safety and health promotion. The Workplace Safety and Health Institute (WSHI) estimates that the healthcare cost of work-related injuries and ill-health in 2011 was $91.5 million. In a separate study, WSHI quantified that 85% of work-related mortality in Singapore is contributed by ill-health as opposed to injuries. However, ill-health at work is often due to a combination of deeper workplace-related issues and individual risk factors.

The symposium highlights the importance of jointly addressing safety and health of workers to improve the wellbeing of the working population, reduce the burden on the healthcare system and increase worker productivity. This is increasingly important in the context of an ageing population. Case studies on successful implementations will be shared during the symposium and participants can discuss implementation strategies tapping on the panel’s vast experience.

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S09. Vision Zero in the construction sector

ISSA Construction Section

Level 4, Melati 4001B

The ISSA Construction Section has developed its own guideline dedicated to “Vision Zero”, from the initial work of the Special Commission on Prevention, as well as a brochure presenting the principles of Vision Zero in construction.

The tools developed by the ISSA Construction Section are aimed at all stakeholders of construction projects, encouraging them to deploy a real culture of prevention of occupational risks, particularly serious and fatal.

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S13. OSH in the informal economy


Level 4, Peony 4501A

The “informal economy” refers to workers and economic units that are insufficiently or not covered under the legal and regulatory frameworks of national governments. High exposure to unsafe and unhealthy working conditions places an estimated 1.8 billion informal economy workers in a very vulnerable situation. Effective measures must be developed to protect their safety and health. The symposia aims to stimulate international exchange of information and ideas and share different intervention strategies related to occupational safety and health in the informal economy.

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S14. The workplace diversity dimension of OSH

Safe Work Australia

Level 4, Roselle Jr. 4711

This symposium will explore OSH issues involving workplace diversity and globalisation. Topics include:

  • applying a diversity lens when assessing OSH hazards and risks;
  • OSH gender responsive regulation;
  • culture and safety issues for migrant construction workers;
  • foreign-born workers and international students and their OSH experience in Australia; and
  • ways to ensure that work is designed safely to accommodate abilities, diversity and vulnerabilities of all workers.

Research and experiences will be shared from countries including: Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

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S17. Adapting work to people


Level 4, Simpor Jr. 4811

The relationships between people, environment, tools and the tasks have inevitable impacts on their health and safety. In order to create a healthy and safe workplace, continuous efforts are put in to adjust and adapt work for people whenever possible. This symposium showcases topics on how we might adapt work to people, ranging from intervention of practices to the creation of work tools.

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S18. Good communication on OSH

ISSA Information Section

Level 4, Simpor Jr. 4911

This interactive symposium focuses on strategic use of new digital media for effective OSH communication and information resources. Featured presenters will provide case studies demonstrating:

  • Effective and diverse uses of digital media in serving under-resourced and emerging audiences.
  • Innovative approaches to using new media channels and products.
  • Methods to evaluate impact of OSH digital media products and outreach efforts.

Finally, the audience will engage in discussion of gaps and future opportunities.

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S20. Role and contributions of trade unions towards OSH


Level 4, Roselle Jr. 4611

Trade unions play a critical role in securing good occupational health and safety at the workplace. Through awareness raising, training, collective bargaining and social dialogue and advocacy for the right regulations, trade unions contribute in diverse ways to protecting workers’ health and safety. The symposium will explore these different avenues, making particular emphasis to the contribution unions make to reducing discrimination and inequalities in the workplace.

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S21. The highway to health and safety: A zero harm culture, good and best practices


Level 4, Peony 4401B

Moving forward on the path to zero harm is the best approach to set up a successful occupational safety and health management, hence successful businesses. Preventing all injuries and ill-health arising from work should be a key part of any future business policy, relying on a commitment from all stakeholders across all levels in the workforce. Through expert experiences and good practice examples, the symposium will explore ways and advocacy for implementing a zero harm culture as an aspirational goal.

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S29. OHS professional standards for a safe, healthy and productive work life


Level 4, Orchid 4203

The globalised world needs a global occupational health and safety (OHS) professional standard. When developed by a global range of OHS professional organisations, it can provide guidance to what an OHS professional should possess to build a global culture of prevention. It offers OHS organisations, talent acquisition professionals and even governments a baseline to build the OHS professional profile for making Vision Zero a reality. For the OHS professional, it offers a roadmap to develop knowledge, skills and abilities to grow in the profession.

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