Prof. Dr. Seong-Kyu Kang

Professor / Vice President, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Republic of Korea
Vice President, International Commission on Occupational Health

Seong-Kyu KANG, MD, PhD. is an occupational physician and epidemiologist. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Gachon University Gil Medical Center (GUGMC) in Incheon, Korea.

Prof. Kang worked for the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) for 27 years as Vice President and Director of Research Institute (OSHRI).

Prof. Kang is a member of board of the Korean Society of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and several Governmental Committees. He was the member of the Advisory Committee of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health.

Prof. Kang is Vice President of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and a fellow of the Collogium Ramazzini. He launched the journal of Safety and Health at Work (SH@W) indexed in SCIE/SSCI/SCOPUS and serves as Editor-in-Chief. He was the key responsible person of 31st ICOH Congress held in Seoul in 2015.

Prof. Kang graduated from the Chung Nam National University and completed his residency training at Yonsei University Severance Hospital. He was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) fellow at the US CDC from 1995 to 1997 and assigned to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


9:20 - 10:05 am EDT / 13:20 – 14:05 pm UTC / 15:20- 16:05 pm CEST
Panel 1: Innovation in addressing COVID-19

COVID-19 represents a new type of occupational disease, with rapid onset of symptoms rather than the traditional long latency period. The need for immediate and urgent action by governments and workplaces to safeguard workers means new ways of diagnosing, recording and notifying are required to meet this challenge and to evaluate the burden and impact on workplaces and social security systems. In this session, panelists will address this challenge with a focus on the virtual OSH training and technology as a tool in the response to COVID-19, the development and dissemination of workplace infection prevention practices in the context to COVID-19, and the new complexities COVID-19 brings to already existing legal issues related to prevention and health data.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Breuer, President, International Social Security Association
Prof. Dr. Seong-Kyu Kang, MD, PhD, Professor, Gachon University Gil Medical Centre and Vice President, International Commission on Occupational Health, Republic of Korea
Prof. Dr. Katherine Lippel, Distinguished Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mr. Emad Rizkalla, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bluedrop Performance Learning, Canada
Prof. Dr. Andrew Sharman, President, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, United Kingdom

Ms. Vera Paquete-Perdigão, Director of the Governance and Tripartism Department, International Labour Organization

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