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.

The next generation of social security

Occupational safety and health should no longer stop at the workplace doorstep. The culture of prevention must instead also consider the needs of the employees of tomorrow. But what do a large pair of eyeglasses, an organic apple and a pack of golf balls have to do with this?

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Using a smartphone to measure and evaluate safety culture

Creating a prevention culture, building on it and keeping it alive is a huge challenge in many countries of the world. This task is often accomplished with individual projects as part of a comprehensive political programme. But it can be equally crucial to first ascertain the state of safety awareness within certain target groups.

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Towards a healthy back

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a widespread problem. In Europe alone, 25 per cent of the workforce complains of back pain. What are the causes behind it? And how can the problem be overcome globally? Experts from all over the world discussed this issue at a dedicated symposium at the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

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Diversity wins the game

Gender, age, culture, religion, disability, nationality… – anyone active in today’s working world will no doubt encounter a diverse range of people. And that’s a good thing – or isn’t it? Diversity in the world of work is one of the main topics at the World Congress 2014. This is because it represents a special challenge for prevention. The seminar on this topic looked at the issue from an unusual angle – as a football match between Europe and Singapore.

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“Make use of the endless opportunities offered by media!”

The endless variety of technical possibilities has changed our world, both in our private lives and at work. Those involved in prevention work have realized this and are coming up with ever more poignant ways of using media, as was demonstrated by the prize-winners of the International Media Festival for Prevention. No matter whether film or computer games are used – emotions are the vehicle for strong messages about prevention. What can modern media do for you? The Special Media Session provided some answers.

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Foto: L. Casey Chosewood of the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Flexible work is the best lever against stress

“The workplace is an excellent place to influence and improve health and well-being.” In his Keynote Speech entitled Prevent Culture – Prevention Strategies – Vision Zero, L. Casey Chosewood of the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) presented examples from the institute’s Total Worker Health™ programme.

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Safe work is a basic human right

The 21st-century working world: a safe and healthy place? Unfortunately not, as Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), made clear in his Welcome Address. All over the world, millions of people are still forced to work under dangerous conditions.

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Practical experiences from the world of industry

Keynote speaker at the World Congress 2014 Chong Meng Tan is a businessman of considerable experience. He is Group CEO of PSA International in Singapore, one of the largest logistics companies in the world. At the same time, he is a strong advocate of occupational safety and health.

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“Prevention calls for a holistic approach”

Our world is subject to constant change. Globalization and demographic change are just two examples of phenomena that are having a massive impact on work worldwide. How can prevention at work respond to the new challenges and adapt effectively to change? In his report, Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA), presented the approaches of the ISSA.

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