"Accidents will be reduced by 40% through new safety culture on the workplace" and "Occupational accidents will be reduced by 30 till 40 percent if we change the company culture," states Joy Oh, policymaker of the Dutch ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. He is one of the organizers of the international networking conference on occupational safety, from 12 - 15 September 2006 in The Netherlands. Leading scientists, decision makers and safety professionals will present the latest trends for occupational safety: a new safety culture and less laws and rules.
For the first time the Netherlands will show an unique quantitative risk model for workers which uncovers the causes of accidents.
"For a long time prevention and technical security were the leading strategies to reduce occupational accidents. Which - as a consequence - created technical laws and rules and control systems. Till we reached the point that the number of accidents were not reduced any longer. Nowadays the company culture, organisation and the costs of safety are much more important to reduce accidents.
Occupational safety costs money and it has to be spend deliberately. Therefore instruments that make decisions easier, are of great value. Companies want to know which decisions to make and if the costs are worth it.
This also leads to less laws and rules about occupational safety. Prescriptive legislation was so overwhelming that maintenance of these rules became difficult. Now, companies have more freedom to take their own decisions", says Oh.
"Dangerous work can cause accidents. But companies can reduce the likelihood by creating a good culture. This includes for example that employees know what to do, keep an eye on each other and aren't afraid to talk to one other about each other behaviour. They must feel free to report unsafe situations or nearly accidents. Companies with this culture show great improvements. Accidents will reduce by 30 to 40% or even 60 to 80%. Changing the safety culture requires commitment on both sides: management and employees. Culture will change by good consultation and training," says Oh. In order to support companies to achieve this, the ministry has started an intensive program.
Besides of the company culture analyses are important that uncover the causes of accidents. By order of the Dutch ministry of Social Affairs and Employment an international consortium of leading scientists have developed a so called quantitative occupational risk model.
This model is based upon a unique study of 9000 occupational accidents, which were investigated by the Labour Inspectorate. "Never before, such an extensive study of the underlying causes of incidents was undertaken", says Oh. "The new model will help companies to point out the risks and to take action to reduce accidents. The model will be presented at the conference."
The main purpose of the conference is to exchange knowledge and experiences in the field of working on safety. And - last but not least - to meet colleagues from all over the world who are concerned with the same issues. The conference takes place at 'De Eemhof', a business conference centre (and holiday park) not far from the international airport Amsterdam-Schiphol.
The Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (Joy Oh) and the Delft University of Technology (professor Andrew Hale) organize the conference in cooperation with an international committee on which both the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work are represented.
The conference language will be English. The price for accommodation and registration will be about 1100 Euro.
For specific questions about the content of the conference: Joy Oh, +31 70 333 5499 or Peter van Beek, +31 70 333 5500 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about registration, accommodation et cetera: Claudia Wouters of ATP, + 31 70 3766 733 | Email: email@example.com
A series of eight new ILO posters calls for the country ratification of key occupational safety and health Conventions.
In keeping with the 3rd theme of 28 April to strengthen the ratification of ILO OHS instruments the ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) has produced these posters in close cooperation with the Workers' Group and the Global Unions.
See: "Occupational Health and Safety - Ratify the Conventions!" at: www.ilo.org/ratify
The posters cover the following Conventions:
- No. 176, Safety and Health in Mines Convention
- No. 184, Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention
- No. 170, Chemicals Convention
- No. 167, Safety and Health in Construction Convention
- No. 162, Asbestos Convention
- No. 81, Labour Inspection Convention
- No. 155, Occupational Safety and Health Convention
- No. 161, Occupational Health Services Convention
Available electronically in three languages (English, French and Spanish), the posters may be printed in both A4 or A3 formats.
The background trade union April OHS country-by-country profiles produced for 28 April will now be modified to interact with the availability of these new posters, eventually making them directly available to users of all profiles.
International Labour Conference (ILC) 2006
Printed copies of the posters will be available for the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2006. The delegates to this years' Conference will discuss the proposed Convention and Recommendation on the promotional framework for occupational safety and health, based on the conclusions adopted by the International Labour Conference following the first discussion at its 93rd Session (2005).
More information about the International Labour Conference 2006: www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/relm/ilc/ilc95/reports.htm
A specific web page - www.ilo.org/ratify - has been developed with more information about the different Conventions.
- Full texts of the Conventions
- Number of ratifications
- Full texts of the accompanying Recommendations
- Links to the ILO/SAFEWORK and the ILO/SECTOR departments on the specific issues
- Links to Global Unions where applicable and related to the different issues
- Link to ICFTU (resolution on ban of Asbestos)
- Link to the country-by-country profiles for OHSE and for asbestos.
The page is also available in the three languages English, French and Spanish and it is also possible to download the PDF files of the posters from the web pages.