Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV)

Publication of the programme for the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014

Berlin (ots) -

   Top-level guests at the world's biggest safety & health 
   convention - Day passes now bookable - Information for journalists 

A world without serious accidents at work - this is the vision that will be discussed by politicians, scientists and experts from all over the world at the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, which is taking place in Frankfurt am Main from 24 to 27 August 2014. The emphasis is on such themes as innovation for better occupational safety & health, the promotion of health at work, environment, safety & health, and diversity & inclusion. Companies and organisations are presenting the latest trends and findings on accident prevention. At the simultaneously held International Media Festival on Prevention, films and information products on safety & health are being presented. 4,000 participants from more than 130 countries are expected. A number of celebrities - among them German Federal Minister of Labour Andrea Nahles - have pledged their attendance. Journalists can gain accreditation via the congress website.

Safety & health at work are key elements of sustainability and economic development. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), more than 300,000 people worldwide lose their lives each year due to accidents at work and more than 2 million due to work-related diseases. It is estimated that about 4 per cent of world gross domestic product is lost due to occupational accidents and work-related diseases.

The World Congress is being held by the ILO and the International Social Security Association (ISSA) together with the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) as the national host. DGUV is the umbrella association of the accident insurance institutions who insure a total of 76 million people in Germany against work- and school-related and commuting accidents and occupational diseases.

Top-level politicians expected

The congress will focus on prevention strategies like Vision Zero, diversity in the working world, and challenges for health at work. The spectrum of topics ranges from the prevention of psychosocial risks, ageing wor