Prevention section

International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Iron and Metal Industry

The Section brings together organizations, enterprises and experts interested in the prevention of accidents at work and occupational diseases in the iron and metal industry.

Photo: M. Crozet/ILO

The international conferences and seminars of the Section are organized in cooperation with the ISSA Section on Electricity, and the ISSA Section Machine and System Safety.

They are specially addressed to prevention in SMEs.

The seminars are highly interactive and focus on innovative knowledge transfer methods and formats.

They offer:

  • Expert inputs as a basis for interactive discussions
  • The opportunity for hands-on learning and playful elaboration of content
  • Testing of various methods of knowledge transfer in practice
  • Intensive exchange of information and networking

Upcoming events

10th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work – WOS 2019
23-26 September 2019, Vienna, Austria

The congress, focussing on the prevention of workplace accidents – WOS: Working on Safety – aims at bringing together experts from all over the world in order to facilitate a high-level exchange of experience, new findings and good practice solutions. The congress will be an excellent occasion for representatives of H&S organizations, labour inspectors, safety professionals, researchers, policy makers, labour administrators and other experts to broaden the personal prevention horizon and to get in touch with experts from other countries and other safety-cultures.

We welcome papers that deal with the following topics:

  • Digitalization
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety Management Systems (eg ISO 45001)
  • Vision Zero
  • Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
  • Education and Training

Extended Submission deadline: January 31, 2019
Abstracts can be submitted here:
For further information on, please visit: (
is an international network of decisionmakers, researchers and professionals responsible for the prevention of accidents and trauma at work. The network aims to bring accident prevention experts together in order to facilitate the exchange of experience, new findings and best practices between different countries and sectors. It attracts researchers, policy makers, safety professionals, labour inspectors, labour administrators and other experts in the prevention of occupational accidents and trauma and join them together in a permanent international expert network. is supported by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

We are looking forward to welcome you to Vienna!

Past events

International Seminar Prevention in SMEs
16 May, 2017, Vienna, Austria

The international seminar organized in co-operation between the ISSA Sections on Electricity, Metal Industry and Machine and System Safety and the AUVA will present best practice examples with a particular focus on SMEs.

This seminar is especially addressed to partners of small and medium enterprises, such as the decision makers of associations, social partners, accident insurance carriers and prevention services.

The main topics are work in a digital world and traffic and commuting accidents in combination with fatigue.

Besides, the participants have the possibility to attend the innovative opening session of Forum Prävention that takes place from May 15 – 18, 2017.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided into English at the opening session and the International Seminar.


International Seminar Prevention in SMEs
10 May 2016, Innsbruck, Austria



  • Healthy workplaces for all ages
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Knowledge transfer and didactics

Photos: © AUVA / Martin Vandory


© Illustrations: Michael Hüter


International Seminar Prevention in SMEs

19 May 2015, Vienna, Austria


  • Prevention of hand injuries
  • Working time and OHS
  • New media in SMEs


International Seminar at the ISSA World Congress 

2014, Frankfurt, Germany

Reaching vulnerable workers at the workfloor


International Seminar Prevention in SMEs
20 May 2014, Innsbruck, Austria


  • Evaluation of mental strains
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Diversity


International Seminar Prevention in SMEs

4 June 2013, Vienna, Austria


  • Risk evaluation
  • Partnerships


International Seminar Prevention in SMEs

8 May 2012, Innsbruck, Austria


  • Communication and information
  • Mental health


International Symposium: Prevention in the EU-27
Focus: SMEs 
29/9-1/10, 2010, Kosice, Slovakia

Conference Report see Sections' Publications

Contact Contact

International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Iron and Metal Industry
Adalbert-Stifter-Strasse 65
1200 Vienna
T: +43 5 93 93-20190
F: +43 5 93 93-20198

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