OVERVIEW:

Accidents at work and occupational diseases are neither predetermined nor unavoidable, they always have caused. While there is no way to completely eliminate accidents, there are certain plans, preparations, and actions that can be taken to reduce them.

The International Vision Zero Conference intends to inculcate a strong prevention culture, whereby work-related accidents, harm, and occupational diseases are eliminated and prevented through the transformational approach that integrates the three dimensions of Safety Health and Wellbeing at all levels of work.
The Conference has adopted the flexibility concept that adjusts to specific Safety, Health and Well-being beneficial to any workplace, enterprise or industry in all regions of the world, whereby new trends, procedures and experiences would be presented.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:

The International Vision Zero Conference 2021 has been designed to bring together a wide spectrum of stakeholders for two days mind-stimulating sessions on issues that bother on Safety, Health and Well-being of employees and employers in the construction sector and related industries.
Issues abound within these sectors and the need to bring global experts together for intense discussions capable of walking us from problems into solutions became a huge priority.

As you may already be aware of from the OSHA report, the leading causes of private sector worker death (excluding highway collision) in the construction industry were falls. Other reports say 1 in 10 construction workers get injured annually. Considering the number of workers and categories of people employed in the construction and related sectors as Mining, Gas, Electricity, Transportation, Information, Water and others, the need to plan a conference that speaks to their needs became necessary in addressing some of those challenges.

CONFERENCE IDEA AND OBJECTIVES:

This is a maiden edition of this conference in Africa and the idea behind this is to see this conference holds every two years across different cities within the African continent. The conference will serve as a platform for bringing all stakeholders together from construction and related sectors to discuss health, safety and wellness issues within this sector while measuring the level of improvement in our every two years gathering.

Other objective includes:

  • To bring together all Professionals, Captains of Industries and Stakeholders as well as service providers and exhibitors in Africa and the world under one roof with the primary aim of creating maximum awareness and benefits of implementing safety measures in the various economy.
  • To provide a platform for the development of knowledge and strategic practical ideas that can be immediately put into use.
  • To advance the technical know-how of operators in the field and apply relevant current innovative technologies in safety delivery and performance.
  • To provide continental networking opportunities with the authorities, international organizations and top industry players.
  • To position a SAFE operating environment as the powerful driver of economic development.
  • To reinforce, build networks and alliances while laying the groundwork for cooperation and strengthening relationships among all concerned.

CONFERENCE AUDIENCE:
This conference has been planned to accommodate a very diverse audience and speakers’ capacity as policymakers and regulators, key operators, sector investors and financiers, service users and clients, contractors and sub-contractors, sector technology experts, insurers, design and structural Engineers, Health and Safety professionals, equipment manufacturers and leasing companies, students and others.

ORGANIZED BY:

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.

The section therefore wishes to further develop a global and multidisciplinary approach of prevention of risks in the construction industry and to promote a Vision Zero approach in order to;
• 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.

(For more details, visit https://ww1.issa.int/de/prevention-construction)

Occupational Safety and Health Africa Foundation with the trademark OSHAfrica is a Pan-African Occupational Safety and Health organization legally registered in 2017 with the principal aim of bringing together Occupational Safety and Health professionals across Africa, creating an atmosphere for collaborative work, sharing of knowledge and OSH data across different countries and sub-regions of Africa.

OSHAfrica has been structured with a Regional Administrative Office in Lagos, Nigeria with sub-regional leadership offices across all African sub-regions with the sole aim of bringing activities closer to each OSHAfrican.

Objectives:

To lead Occupational Safety and Health research and studies across African continent

  • To work in collaboration with external Occupational Safety and Health organisations and agencies in developing Occupational Safety and Health projects, programmes, and data in Africa.
  • To bring together Occupational Safety and Health professionals and Associations across Africa and creating enabling environment for collaborative work and sharing of data for professional improvements.
  • Holding collaborative talks with National Leaders and supporting African Union and other regional economic blocs with Occupational Safety and Health expertise in workplace policies formulation and reviews across the continent.
  • To create a unified electronic space where African Occupational Safety and Health professionals can be visible to the rest of the world.
  • To spearhead daily incident and accident reporting processes in workplaces and cities across African continent.
  • To support African member countries across the region in improving National Occupational Safety and Health standards.
  • To interface with other international Occupational Safety and Health training institutions, colleges, and faculties in improving our regional professional competencies and certifications.
  • To support and be part of global Occupational Safety and Health Research and Studies for workplace improvement.

OSHAfrica is dreams come true; we are here ready to work and develop decent and safe workplaces across the African Continent.
(For more details, visit www.oshafrica.com )

Total Workplace Safety Management Systems Limited, is a certified ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System organization established to provide cost effective, integrated safety consultancy solutions and services.

Our key strengths are in Fire Safety, Process Safety, OSH Training, Technical Safety, Occupational Safety and Health Management System implementation, Facility Management, and Construction Safety.

We assist organizations in setting strategies and build a culture that promotes effective operation and maintain a safe and healthy environment. We recognize that safe and effective working depends on creating and implementing the right policies and processes and demonstrating the right behaviours at every level. In addition, active and visible leadership, implementation, assurance, and training must be driven right across the business.

We know that achieving this is difficult and that is why our approach to occupational safety health and wellbeing focuses not just on compliance and the safety of all, but also considers the greater return on investment and the right outcome such as reducing loss and damage to assets; lower workforce absence through sickness, accidents and incidents; reducing the risk of fines and prosecution; increasing staff morale through better working practices and a higher quality environment; and better risk management across your business supply chains.

  • Our aim is to help business owners:
  • Proactively solve problems;
  • Ensure regulatory compliance;
  • Impact mindset change; and
  • Achieve commercial objectives.

(For more details, visit www.twps.com.ng )

The DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance) is the umbrella association of the accident insurance institutions for the industrial and public sectors (the BGs and the public-sector accident insurers respectively).

It assumes responsibility for the common interests of its member institutions and promotes their functions in the interests of both member companies and insured individuals.

The DGUV represents the statutory accident insurance institutions in their dealings with policymakers, regional, national, European, and international institutions, and employers’ and employees’ representative bodies.

As early as 2008, the German Social Accident Insurance’s prevention strategy firmly embedded the goal of shaping working and living environments in such a way that nobody is killed or so severely injured or ill for work reasons that they suffer permanent damage.

However, for Vision Zero to become a reality one day, prevention work must always be realigned to this goal. This broad and networked approach requires everyone in society to get involved.

If life is not negotiable and people make mistakes, then it is ethically unacceptable to pay for a mistake with a loss of life or a serious injury!

(For more details, visit www.dguv.de)

is a duly registered Limited liability company in Nigeria. It was registered in 2009 to achieve the following objectives:

  • Encourage organizations and groups to adopt a healthy lifestyle, improve general safety and well-being through continuous health assessment, training, behavioural change, and workplace policy reviews.
  • Support continuous health and safety improvement in workplace conditions, work fitness processes, hazards identifications and improvement support.
  • Assess work medical suitability of employees, effects of underlying health conditions on the working capability of employees at recruitment and during employment.
  • Design safe and sustainable harmonization in the triangulation that exists between work environment, employees, and employers in achieving wellness, productivity, and profitability.
  • Own a modern medical project laboratory equipped to diagnose work health concerns and work fitness status offered both as on-site and off-site work health intervention.
  • Identify causes of sickness, absenteeism, presenteeism, workers disengagement, work related accidents/illnesses and advise on realistic solutions.
  • General workplace safety, behavioral change, and systems design.
  • We have leadership made up of a team of experts drawn from multiple fields of Medicine, Paramedical Sciences, Occupational Health and Safety, Occupational Medicine, Public Health, Fire Safety Engineering, Ergonomic services with a collective passion of adopting Occupational Health and Safety approaches in achieving safe-work and safe-life workplace goal.

Our ever-innovative efforts at OHSM ensures we are able to provide respite in form of solution in the gap that exist in the Nigerian health sector, we have recently gone into partnership with ER 24, one of the largest emergency response group in South Africa. This partnership grants us the capacity to be able to call up an air ambulance to assist in conveyance of critically ill patients or emergency cases to any preferred country of their choice for onward health management.

This partnership also guarantees our access to the numerous hospitals under the Med clinic’s Group in South Africa which is our choice referral destination knowing that ER 24 team is available to supervise the case management in ensuring expected health outcome is achieved. This was borne out of the fact that there are Nigerians who can benefit immensely from this structure, yet they do not know how to access it, we have now simplified the processes which are now at your doorstep.
(For more details, visit www.ohsm.com.ng)

STRONGLY SUPPORTED BY:

“Invisible” energy generates many invisible risks. The Section evolves recommendations for practical accident prevention, principles for a regulatory control of electrical appliances and systems, backed up by effective first aid measures in the event of electrical accidents. The Section maintains a clearinghouse for films and videos in the field of safety, health and the environment.
(For more details, visit https://ww1.issa.int/de/prevention-electricity)

“Invisible” energy generates many invisible risks. The Section evolves recommendations for practical accident prevention, principles for a regulatory control of electrical appliances and systems, backed up by effective first aid measures in the event of electrical accidents. The Section maintains a clearinghouse for films and videos in the field of safety, health and the environment.
(For more details, visit https://ww1.issa.int/de/prevention-electricity)

The Section deals with the classical risks of underground work in coal mines (darkness, dust, heat, gases, explosions, cave-ins) and concerns itself with the training of mine rescue teams.
(For more details, visit https://ww1.issa.int/de/prevention-mining)

Focused on 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;
(For more details, visit https://ww1.issa.int/de/prevention-transportation)

Although new substances result in new risks, the chemical industry has developed high safety standards that have proven to be exemplary. The Chemical Section strives to ensure that these safety standards transcend borders just as much as—if not even more than—risks do.
(For more details, visit https://ww1.issa.int/de/prevention-chemistry)

The International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in Trade, Goods Logistics and Port Handling was established by the Bureau of the International Social Security Association 25 June 2019, and became the 14th International Section of ISSA’s Special Commission on Prevention.
The Section on Prevention in Trade, Goods Logistics and Port Handling acts globally and focuses on safety, health and wellbeing in Trade, Goods Logistics, Port Handling and Retail work.
The Section’s overarching goal of making supply chains socially sustainable will highlight the importance of prevention throughout an employee’s working life.
(For more details, visit https://ww1.issa.int/de/prevention-trade)