The World Congress

In 1955, the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association established the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work as a global forum to advance worker health protection. Since then, the Congress has opened its doors to the world every three years, each time hosted by a different country.  It has become one of the world’s largest events for the international occupational safety and health community--attracting thousands of delegates from across the world.

The Congress has four official languages: English, French, German and Spanish.
The objectives of the Congress include:
  • Providing a forum for exchange of practices and experiences in order to promote safe and healthy work for all.
  • Strengthen connections, networks and alliances while laying the groundwork for cooperation and strengthening relationships among all concerned.
  • Provide a platform for knowledge, innovation, and strategic and practical ideas that can be immediately put into use.
The Congress brings together the global workplace prevention community including:
  • High-level government officials, high-level decision-makers in the public and private sectors;
  • CEOs and labour leaders;
  • OSH professionals such as safety engineers, safety technicians, occupational hygienists, scientists, and so on;
  • Occupational physicians and others dealing with occupational medicine;
  • Labour inspectors and safety and health inspectors; Instructors, trainers and teachers in the field of OSH education;
  • Trade unions, workers and their representatives;
  • Employers and their organizations, including human resource managers;
  • Social security institutions;
  • Public and private OSH organizations;
  • International and regional organizations;
  • Manufacturers and importers of safety materials and safety equipment;
  • Experts in communication and public relations; and media representatives and journalists

Past Congresses

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