Occupational risks

Towards a global culture of prevention

Working conditions have a major and direct impact on the health and well-being of workers.

In order to further reduce occupational accident rates and the related human suffering and economic costs, the ISSA advocates for a new approach, based on “Vision Zero”.

“Vision Zero” is a strategy for preventing workplace accidents, based on the view that all accidents are preventable and that a world without fatal and serious accidents is possible.

“Vision Zero” promotes a culture of prevention and a commitment to safety by all people at the workplace. Importantly this culture must be an integral part of management systems, based on the philosophy that in principle no single accident is acceptable, as this provides a basis for learning from accidents and improving processes to avoid similar incidents in the future.

The ISSA is committed to “Vision Zero”, and supports social security institutions to actively contribute to this approach. The ISSA has been a driving force at the international level to mobilize stakeholders from the public sector, government, business and civil society to promote a culture of prevention.

Together with other initiatives, the ISSA is developing an International Prevention Culture Index, which, based on a number of performance indicators, will assist companies in measuring their prevention culture levels and in identifying improvement potential.

In response to dramatic events such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh, the ISSA is actively contributing to improved safety and health conditions in producing countries based on “Vision Zero”, as part of international efforts to promote decent work worldwide through sustainable supply chains.

The ISSA partners with other institutions to promote and develop a global culture of prevention and has developed a series of international professional standards for prevention.

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