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ISSA Section on Prevention in Transportation

OBJECTIVES

The transportation business is constantly growing and globally still one of the most hazardous trade branches. In the transportation industry, there are many threats and challenges that need to be considered in the daily work. In addition to health risks due to factors such as noise, hazardous substances and musculoskeletal strain, stress, fatigue and violence but also the participation in the traffics via road, rail, water or air ways have a major impact on the health and safety of employees. The share of heavy or even deadly accidents in relation to all other accidents on the job is very high. The aim of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in Transportation is to improve the work conditions for employees, reduce the number and severity of accidents and promote the international exchange of information and knowledge of suitable prevention measures between enterprises and social security organisations.

  • Establishing sustainable international standards to reduce the number and severity of work- and commute-related accidents in the transport industry and to protect the health of employees, taking into account the particular social and political situations.
  • Knowledge management, implementation of research results and knowledge transfer on occupational health and safety best practices among stakeholders, social partners, decision-makers in institutions and representatives of businesses, politics and science in all sectors of the transport industry.
  • Promotion and development of appropriate and innovative training and qualification programmes in occupational health and safety for employees in all sectors of the transport industry.

President

Janne Reini, TVK, Finnish Worker’s Compensation Center, Finland.

Secretary General

Dr. Christian Felten, BG Verkehr, German Social Accident Insurance Institution for Commercial Transport, Postal Logistics and Telecommunication, Germany.

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 ISSA Section on Prevention in Construction Industry

OBJECTIVES

The purpose of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Construction Industry is to promote study and research in various countries, facilitate the exchange between experts and the world of labour, and mobilize specialists for the elaboration of strategies, methods, as well as new instruments for action and analysis. The section organizes technical meetings, studies, round tables, expert discussions and specialized meetings during ISSA Congresses and International Symposia on prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. The Section on Prevention in the Construction Industry was founded in 1968 and is one of the thirteen International Sections on Prevention. During the 20th century, the construction sector went through considerable changes in the technical, economic and social fields. The design and use of new processes and the research for better architectural and functional quality as well as for new ways of work organization, are changing and influencing the construction industry. Despite the undisputed progress, which may vary among countries, the prevention of injuries and promotion of occupational health still remain the main challenge in the construction industry. The expansion and increasing interconnectedness of construction activities on a world-wide scale in the 21st century constitute a challenge to clients and project supervisors, architects and research departments, company managers and employees, managers and employee representatives, prevention experts – such as occupational physicians and engineers, safety specialists, occupational psychologists and ergonomists – working in both the public and private sectors.

  • Detect needs and expectations in occupational safety and health.
  • Design safety devices and measures, and co-ordinate their set-up.
  • Develop tools to better anticipate and assess human, social and economical costs of occupational accidents and diseases.

President

Karl-Heinz NOETEL, Senior Advisor, German Statutory Accident Insurance(DGUV) and Employer's Liability Insurance Association for the Construction Industry(BG BAU).

Secretary General

Petra JACKISCH, Employer's Liability Insurance Association for the Construction Industry (BG BAU).

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International Section of the ISSA for Electricity, Gas and Water

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the International Section of the ISSA for Electricity, Gas and Water are the:

  • Reduction of the number of electrical accidents.
  • Improvement of electrical safety standards at work.
  • Achievement of good safety and health practices in the electricity, gas and water supply industries and in electrical installation workshops.

These are the Section´s principal objectives, which it endeavours to achieve through close cooperation with its members from various European and overseas countries. The Section´s original objective was restricted to the prevention of occupational risks due to electricity. In later years, its scope was extended to other sources of energy such as gas, water and long-distance heating. A special task within its scope is radiation protection.The defined objective of the Section is:

  • To engage, at the international level, in activities designed to promote safety in the generation and distribution of electricity, gas and long-distance heating, as well as safety at work in public water utilities and in the use of electricity and gas in industry.

What means of action does the Section for Electricity, Gas and Water use to achieve its objectives?In pursuit of the above stated objective, the Section:

  • Encourages the international exchange of information and experience among its members, organizations and persons interested in the Section´s activities, particularly by
  • Organization of international meetings
  • Undertaking surveys and studies in special working groups
  • Collecting and disseminating information on electrical safety issues and latest findings relevant to safety improvements.

How does the Section for Electricity, Gas and Water respond to new developments and needs? Due to its expertise, the Section is able to identify new problem areas resulting from new developments and changes in technology in good time. It thus constantly adapts its scope to new requirements and challenges. Originally, the Section´s activities concentrated mainly on conventional electrical risks such as electric shock and arcing. Then it gradually extended its interest to other fields such as electromagnetic fields and ionising and non-ionising radiation.

    • occupational safety and health management
    • management responsibilities
    • management techniques
    • basic and advanced training,
    • influencing human behaviour
    • the role of the human factor in accident prevention etc.

    Another important task of the Section is to help developing countries to improve electrical safety standards by providing advice on efficient prevention strategies and developing training programs tailored to the needs of the countries concerned.

Chairperson

Martina Hesse-Spötter, Professional Association Energy Textile Electrical Media Products, Köln, Germany.

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International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Mining Industry