Technical Sessions

05 September 2017
10:30 – 12:30
Level 4, Meeting Rooms

Technical Sessions

Synopsis for concurrent technical sessions: T2, T4 and T5.

T2: Leading strategies for a systems approach to OSH

Level 4, Orchid 4203

Many countries have been applying systems approaches to strengthen their national occupational safety and health (OSH) systems. Common steps taken in the application of systems approaches were to: (1) set national OSH policy, (2) review OSH situation and develop national OSH profiles, (3) formulate and implement national OSH programmes, (4) review achievements and constraints of implementation of national OSH programmes, and (5) formulate new national OSH programmes for continuous improvements.

In the course of the application of systems approaches, developments and effective implementation of national OSH programmes are the key to upgrade national OSH systems. Successful national OSH programmes set targets and practical measures to strengthen national OSH system elements, including OSH legislation, enforcement systems, workplace level OSH mechanisms, training, national awareness raising, and reporting systems of occupational injuries and diseases. Employers’ and workers’ organisations fully participated in the developments and implementation of national OSH programmes. ILO’s OSH instruments, in particular, Safety and Health Convention (No.155, 1981), Promotional Framework for OSH Convention (No.187, 2006), and ILO OSH Management Systems Guidelines (ILO-OSH 2001) provided practical guidance.

The technical session will present successful experiences of application of systems approaches in OSH at national level and discuss practical measures for effective use of systems approaches. The session will have four speakers from Chile, Jordan, Senegal, and the European Union (EU) representing different regions.

Chair/ Moderator

Mr Tsuyoshi Kawakami
Senior Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health
International Labour Organization
Labour Administration
Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch

Co-chair/ Moderator

Mr Low Wong Fook
Principal Consultant
Singapore Polytechnic International Pte Ltd


Ms Ndieme Seck Diouf
Occupational Safety and Health Department
Ministry of Labour, Social Dialogue, Professional Organizations and Relations with Institutions

Mr Pedro Contador
Legislative Counselling and International Coordination in the Under-Secretary of Social Security
Ministry of Labour and Social Security

Ms Maysoon Shafeeq Al Remawi
Department of Occupational Safety and Health
Ministry of Labour

Dr Zinta Podniece
Deputy Head of Health and Safety at Work Unit
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
European Commission

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T4: Total Workplace Safety and Health

Level 4, Peony 4403

Speakers from different regions and countries will share their experiences and challenges in implementing occupational health services or what is called Total WSH services in Singapore. The session would discuss possible strategies for countries to achieve the goal of providing occupational health services for all workers, as articulated under ILO’s C161 Occupational health Services Convention, 1985.

Chair/ Moderator

Prof Kee Seng Chia
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore


Prof Jorma Rantanen
Director-General Emeritus
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
Visiting Scientist
University of Helsinki

Prof Min Zhang
School of Public Health, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College
People’s Republic of China

Mr Weng Sun Wong
President & Chief Executive Officer
SembCorp Marine

Dr R. Rajesh
Group Medical Advisor
Reliance Industries Ltd.

Hon. Hakeem Dickson
Director General
Lagos State Safety Commission

Prof Dame Carol Black
Expert Advisor on Health and Work
NHS England and Public Health England
Newnham College, Cambridge
United Kingdom

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T5: The 4th Industrial Revolution and the Future of Prevention

Level 4, Melati 4001B

The digital economy is a game changer. It is often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution and is considered to change our lives drastically. Future scenarios of robots working side by side with human beings are no longer a utopia but already exist. There are more and more programs and appliances powered by artificial intelligence.

The Technical Session will examine how these trends will impact the future world of work and how prevention can make best use of these new trends. It will also take a look at what approaches and tools can be used to ensure that workplaces stay safe and healthy.

Chair/ Moderator

Dr Walter Eichendorf
Deputy Director-General
German Social Accident Insurance

Mr Hans-Horst Konkolewsky
International Social Security Association


Marie Defrance
Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité (INRS)

Dr Hector Upegui
Worldwide Market Development Executive
Health and Social programs
IBM Watson Health

Prof Sergio Iavicoli
Department of Medicine, Epidemiology, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
National Employment Accident Insurance Institute

Dr Alexander von Glinski
Department of General and Trauma Surgery
BG University Hospital, Bochum

Mr Jürgen Schulin
ISSA Section on Machine and Systems Safety

Mr Marc De Greef
Executive Director

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