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Vision of a safer, healthier, better workplace can be made real

Published: 14 October 2020 - Victoria White

As a Covid-captured world seeks a safer, better life, a global movement that believes all accidents, diseases and harm at work are preventable is announcing an exciting training package to make workplaces safer and healthier.

Vision Zero is a transformational approach to prevention that integrates the three dimensions of safety, health and well-being at all levels of work. Launched in September 2017 by the International Social Security Association (ISSA), the programme quickly gathered support from governments and businesses around the world.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is a longstanding member of the ISSA, on its Special Commission for Prevention and chair of its Education and Training Section, and IOSH has supported Vision Zero as it evolved. Now, the two organisations have co-developed the Vision Zero training package, which IOSH will deliver.

At a special virtual session hosted today by the International Organizing Committee of the XXII World Congress of Safety & Health at Work, IOSH and ISSA will announce a bold new chapter in their two-and-a-half-year Vision Zero partnership.

It’s a breakthrough that offers Vision Zero training providers worldwide a chance to be part of an international drive to prevent people being killed, injured or becoming unwell as a result of their work. The new training package will empower each training provider to become a ‘Vision Zero Hero’, providing them with the tools they need to deliver training to those committed to embedding a vision of zero harm in their organisations.

Developed by the ISSA and delivered by IOSH, the new Vision Zero training course will teach the principles and benefits of Vision Zero as a preventative strategy and empower learners with the tools they need to implement it. This six-hour course, accessible both face-to-face and through video conferencing, is aimed at those with a passion for reducing the number of accidents and harm in the workplace.

As well as benefiting from the quality and consistency that goes with a well marketed global brand, the course also gives approved training providers chance to use the Vision Zero branded teaching and learning materials that promote a consistent, high quality programme. There will also be an accreditation and licensing process for Vision Zero trainers.

“This bold initiative gives training providers a special opportunity to sign-up to and play their part in taking the Vision Zero commitment forward, to create workplaces that will work towards an aspiration of zero harm,” said IOSH Chair of Trustees Dr Bill Gunnyeon.

“Not only will Vision Zero training help deliver a better quality of life for all, it also brings the promise of a major boost to occupational safety and health businesses delivering high quality training across the world.

“These are challenging times, and 2020 has already proved a pivotal year in world history. I believe people are ready for the world to change, that they want healthier, safer and better lives and there’s an expectation that workplaces should exemplify this?,” he added.

“This is a time for each safety and health professional to harness the momentum of Vision Zero. All have vital roles to play in driving up universal standards of workplace safety and health, while Vision Zero gives employers and organisations a perfect opportunity to build new resilience and confidence – in their people, their corporate reputation and their brand.”

Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General of the ISSA, said: “By joining forces, the ISSA and IOSH will ensure the development of high-quality training capacity, building on the Vision Zero 7 Golden Rules. This is a crucial pillar to make advances towards the vision of a world without work-inflicted disease, injuries or fatalities.”

IOSH will add value to the Vision Zero concept by enhancing and assuring the standards of its training programme, both in terms of delivery and resources. By establishing a Vision Zero training accreditation programme, this will give safety and health trainers two options:

  • get a license to deliver the new IOSH-ISSA developed Vision Zero training course,
  • gain Vision Zero approval for their own course materials.

IOSH Chief Executive Bev Messinger, who is also a member of the ISSA’s Special Commission on Prevention, as well as its Vision Zero Training Council, said: “IOSH is delighted to partner, promote and advance Vision Zero.

“By combining IOSH’s internationally recognised expertise in occupational safety and health training with the ISSA’s social security influence and expertise, together we will further the cause of preventing workplace harm and achieve our shared vision of a safer, healthier world of work.”

Everyone wanting to know more about Vision Zero training courses and when they’ll become available should register here.

Source: Industrial Compliance

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