04 September 2017
16:00 – 18:00
Level 4, Meeting Rooms


Synopsis for concurrent symposia sessions: S01, S04, S05, S06, S11, S12, S16, S22, S24, S30 and S31.

S01. Successful prevention strategies on OSH


Level 4, Roselle Jr. 4611

What needs to be done to make Vision Zero a reality? This symposium focuses on how successful prevention strategies on OSH are effectively contributing to a world without serious or fatal workplace accidents and occupational diseases. If you want to understand prerequisites and key factors of success for prevention strategies, discuss their effects on political level, companies and sustainable supply chains, if you want to approach OSH differently, this is the symposium for you.

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S04. OSH in agriculture: Traditional and emerging risks

DLPW (Thailand), ISSA Agriculture Section

Level 4, Simpor Jr. 4811

In most developing countries, agricultural sector has been the foundation of their economy. According to estimation by the International Labour Organization (ILO), agriculture employs some one billion workers worldwide—more than one third of the world’s labour force. Importantly, agriculture is considered one of the most hazardous of all economic sectors and a large number of agricultural workers suffer from occupational accidents and illnesses each year. The diversification of activities, especially use of agro-chemicals including harmful pesticides as well as workers’ heavy workloads in general, has also presented new challenges in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH). Many emerging risks of physical, chemical, biological and ergonomic hazards to agricultural workers have been identified and protection against these hazardous conditions and environment are required. Current issues and challenges for improving OSH in agriculture, hence, need to be scientifically addressed on several fronts. In this symposium, participants will discover late-breaking issues and findings from studies on OSH in agriculture which will be presented by top international experts and researchers. Also, gain opportunity to network with other colleagues in the field.

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S05. OSH in the new digital world

ISSA Machine and System Safety Section

Level 4, Roselle Jr. 4711

The rapid growth of the Internet of Things brings new chances and risks also to the world of work. And for developing the “smart factory”. This needs an individual company-approach matching its products, processes, markets, clients. How to keep to safe, secure and healthy is a challenge.

Digitalisation also means big changes for users, operators, manufacturers of machines and IT-experts. All of them need to be included early in the change process and continuously be educated and trained so that they can fulfil their changing tasks.

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S06. OSH in the application of nanotechnologies

IOM Singapore

Level 4, Orchid Jr. 4211

Nanotechnologies, due to the control of material properties on the nanoscale, are promising for a wide range of novel technical and medical applications and have the potential to contribute importantly to a more sustainable economy. However, as every new technology, occupational health and safety aspects need to be investigated and addressed. This symposium will review where we are today with addressing the many fears and hopes that surrounded nanotechnology when it started 15 years ago. We will address here questions of occupational risk assessment and management of nanomaterials, thus how to best identify and deal with uncertainties related to human hazard data and exposure assessment, and how to integrate this knowledge into research and production processes by shaping company policies and regulatory processes.

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S11. Prevention pays! The role of accident insurance and the return to work reintegration

ISSA Technical Commission on Insurance against Employment Accidents and Occupational Diseases

Level 4, Melati 4001B

The G7 heads of state have decided that in times of globalisation the element of sustainability needs to be added to global supply chains. Employment injury protection schemes are regarded as essential for sustainable economic growth. Therefore an international “Vision Zero Fund” has been established. With this initiative, developing countries will be supported in establishing an infrastructure that reduces work accidents and the impact these accidents have. But is it worth investing in this Fund? During the symposium, this question will be answered based on international studies.

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S12. A culture of prevention on OSH


Level 4, Orchid Jr. 4311

“Prevention” in the field of OSH has been a trend. It is now turning into a culture which is rooted in our lives. Nowadays, many OSH professionals, decision-makers, CEOs, safety and health inspectors, specialists are trying to disseminate this culture of prevention in OSH section through various forms such as campaigns, conferences or seminars. In this vein, we are trying to share thoughts and ideas on how to disseminate this “culture of prevention” more actively and widely. To do that, we need to recognise the history, the present and future of culture of prevention through this symposium.

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S16. What is required for effective OSH training?

ISSA Education Section

Level 4, Simpor Jr. 4911

This session will take you around the world and different industry sectors, to share practical examples and new methods of approaching OSH training. Be part of the debate on what makes an OSH training effective. We will also explore how a Vision Zero training programme will help you to apply a Vision Zero strategy in your organisation.

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S22. State of OSH knowledge development and networking


Level 4, Peony 4501A

OSH knowledge agencies, institutions and organisations (AIO) play a vital role in developing and fostering a culture of prevention. They are central to a knowledge-based approach enabling key stakeholders to devise and implement effective prevention strategies and action programmes. This symposium presents and discusses key organisational aspects of AIO, including research priorities and modalities for delivering prevention services, and how they collaborate internationally. Participants will learn, exchange experience and debate ideas for strengthening their capacities.

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S24. Prevention of occupational cancer


Level 4, Orchid 4203

The symposium will present the latest knowledge of cancer caused and contributed by work and share best practices in elimination of related diseases and disorders. The hierarchy of control of these risks is an important factor in considering the effectiveness and usefulness of preventive measures, and the zero harm or vision zero approach needs to be highlighted. Concrete action proposals are welcome, for example, in creating new groups, alliances and programmes and campaigns.

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S30. Modern OSH inspection practices


Level 4, Peony 4401B

Globally, the demand for strong and effective OSH inspection is increasing in response to the pace of change at the workplace and impact of these changes on the global workforce. Hence, OSH inspectorates, as change agents, must be able to meet new challenges arising from modern trends, so that they can be effective as an enabler for economically profitable business activities that also provide healthy, safe and fair working environments.

However, many OSH inspectorate face funding and resource challenges. These circumstances place even greater importance for them to ensure efforts are correctly prioritised and targeted at key issues. The symposium discusses various approaches on how this can be achieved from multiple perspectives.

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S31. Innovative approaches to OSH-I

MOM, Singapore

Level 4, Peony 4403

This symposium is part of a two-part series covering discussions on innovative approaches to tackle existing and impending challenges in OSH. This first session aims to provide regional and country experiences in the management of OSH, and how these regions and countries respond to OSH challenges with new ideas and solutions involving their stakeholders.

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