What happened at the 2014 World Congress in Frankfurt?

The XX World Congress for Safety and Health at Work 2014 is now over. You can find reports on the events at the World Congress on our website, together with images, background reports and videos from all parts of the Congress. We look forward to receiving a wealth of comments from you.

“… what does your heart beat for?”

The 2014 World Congress invites guests to a German evening
Forest and mountains, the sea and the Frankfurt skyline – these were the panoramas that greeted guests of the German Evening at the 2014 World Congress, the social highlight of the world’s largest event for occupational safety and health.

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It can’t be done alone

“Prevention culture should be a subject at school”, “Safety and health at work should be learned from a young age” – these were the kinds of comments heard again and again during the Congress. But how can the education system, society and the working world interact on this topic? The symposium “Creating a safe and healthy learning and working environment” tried to find some answers – by asking questions.

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Implanting diversity in the corporate DNA

At the beginning of the last decade, people still believed that diversity management in business was something only for the Anglo-American countries, while Continental Europe could safely ignore the issue. This attitude has changed in recent years, however, as more and more enterprises have come to realize the opportunities and benefits of diversity in the workplace. Where these benefits lie exactly, how to best take advantage of them, and what this subject has to do with health management was explained by Dr Natalie Lotzmann, Leader Global Health Management and former Leader Diversity Management at SAP SE in Germany.

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Setting the stage for Vision Zero!

Intelligent and compelling media addressing the theme of occupational safety and health were presented on the Action Stage at the Forum for Prevention. They bring the goal of an accident-free working environment within reach while taking information exchange to a whole different level. The audience was given a demonstration of how to use the search engine Prevention Forum + online. With bated breath, they then watched the stirring interactive performance accompanying the prevention film “Near Enough”. And the impact of the “Impressions of Prevention” was only heightened by the silent backdrop.

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Prevention pays off!

Is it worth a company investing in prevention? Yes, is the resounding reply. Scientific studies support this proposition. At the Symposium “Return on prevention”, economists from all over the world discussed the findings these studies are based on and the other effects of investing in prevention for companies and society.

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From Mauritius to Mexico: Examples of national OSH strategies

In the last few years, many countries – as varied as Mauritius, Vietnam and Mexico – have taken measures to strengthen their national OSH strategies and systems with new legal frameworks, monitoring mechanisms and a modern approach to hazard assessment and workplace management. In many cases, they were guided by the recommendations of the International Labour Organization.

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Health is not merely the icing on the cake

What constitutes healthy work? This question was the focus of the symposium “Healthy workplaces – healthy workers”. It became evident that the answers vary worldwide, while the result is however always the same: promoting health in the workplace leads to greater employee satisfaction and less absence due to injuries or diseases.

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Agora Walk

The scents of the forest and fresh wood, the sound of a chain saw – a tree is about to topple. In the Agora open-air space at the heart of the fairgrounds, a diverse programme is being presented to the visitors of the World Congress 2014.

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The workplace of the future

Although Western industrialized nations have already accomplished a great deal in occupational safety and health, this doesn’t mean that there are no more challenges. Safety and health at work in the years to come will be marked by ageing workforces, a world of work undergoing constant change and, more importantly, rapid developments in technology accompanied by further improvements in the methods of the supervisory authorities.

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