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August 24, 2017

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Wellbeing and risk to be explored at World Congress of Safety & Health at Work

The nature of wellbeing at work and practical management of workplace risks will be assessed by the British Safety Council at the 21st World Congress on Safety & Health at Work in Singapore.

The Congress takes place in Singapore between 3 and 6 September and brings together OSH professionals, business leaders and government officials from all over the world to share best practice.

The chief executive of the Council, Mike Robinson, will be speaking at the ‘Wellbeing through Work’ session hosted by the US National Safety Council. He will present the business case for managing health and wellbeing in the workplace and the ‘explore the nature of workplace wellbeing’.

Robinson said: “While the business case for managing safety is well documented and understood, the case for managing health and wellbeing is just as compelling, but the progress is not as strong. Health conditions are much more difficult to define and manage.

“That’s why businesses need to adopt a holistic approach to promoting wellbeing and the resilience of their staff. Progress in relation to health and wellbeing can only be made when organisations will move beyond the need to comply with regulations and inspire employees to engage in wellbeing because this benefits them as well as their companies.”

Culture of prevention

Lawrence Waterman OBE, who will take up his post as chairman at the Council on 24 November, will also speak at the Congress at the session on ‘A culture of prevention on OSH’.

Drawing on the lessons of the London 2012 Olympic Games construction programme, which achieved a low accident rate and no fatalities, he will demonstrate how to effectively manage health risks in construction through good design and early interventions on issues such as mental health.

The World Congress takes place every three years, and in 2017 is hosted by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, in conjunction with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA).

Its work contributes aims to build a global prevention culture. This year, the Congress will reassess the progress of its Vision Zero initiative, which aims to make global workplaces free of fatal accidents and occupational diseases.

Occupational health and safety incidents

It is estimated that 2.3 million workers worldwide die every year because of workplace accidents and work-related diseases. Further estimates from the International Labour Organization (ILO) show that every day, 6,400 people die from occupational accidents and diseases and 860,000 are injured at work.

ILO director general Guy Ryder said: “As well as appalling consequences for workers and their families, this represents a colossal social and economic burden on enterprises, communities and countries. Most occupational deaths and diseases are preventable and it would be a mistake to cut back on occupational safety and health, even in the face of economic downturn. Occupational safety and health is a basic human right as well as a labour right.”

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Nigel Dupree

Brilliant hope they remember to explore the level of presenteeism and on-going 20% lost productivity in DSE user operators suffering Computer Vision Syndrome or Screen Fatigue.

If, productivity is the name of the game reducing fatigue and risk of not only down time due to WULD’s & MSD’s but the poor performance and increased error rates even mishaps and accidents resulting from the daily downward spiral in alertness toward attention deficit .

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