Prevention activities have always been given high priority in the overall policy of the ISSA. Within the framework of ISSA's programme of activities, the Special Commission on Prevention aims at initiating, coordinating and conducting at the international level activities designed to promote prevention, in particular prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. It furthermore adopts specific positions on important prevention issues.
The International Sections are key actors in prevention. Their activities cover a range of economic activity sectors and fields: agriculture; construction industry; electricity; chemical industry; mining industry; machine and system safety; iron and metal industry; health services; information; research; education and training.
The International Sections are financially autonomous, with a decentralized structure and their own membership consisting of full members, associate members and corresponding members. Full membership is open to ISSA member institutions and other non-profit making organizations; profit making entities with activities compatible with the area of competence of a Section may be admitted as associate members, and individual experts may apply for corresponding membership.
Each Section is a clearing house for information in its own area of competence. All Sections organize international symposia, round tables and expert meetings. The Sections also set up working groups to prepare international symposia or documents on specific topics. All Sections are furthermore actively involved in the organization of the World Congresses on Safety and Health at Work.
The content of the Websites of the International Prevention Sections are the responsibility of each Section.