CANADA: World Congress on Safety and Health at Work deferred to 2021

In light of public health guidance regarding COVID-19, the International Organising Committee (IOC) has postponed the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work to 19-22 September 2021. 

Taking place at Metro Convention Centre in the heart of downtown Toronto, the largest event of the occupational health and safety community will be co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and Canada’s Institute for Work & Health (a Toronto-based work injury and disability prevention research institute).

The theme of the Congress – Prevention in the Connected Age: Global solutions to achieve safe and healthy work for all – and the event will also be expanded to include live streaming to facilitate further global engagement. 

Given the impact of COVID-19 on workplaces around the world, the IOC has also decided to convene a virtual meeting of global thought leaders focused on COVID-19 on 5 October 2020. 

More information about this meeting and how to participate will be posted to the Congress website in the coming weeks.  

For those who have already registered for the event, registration will be automatically transferred to 2021, and they will receive formal notification of this transfer in September. 

The two-day event will be sponsored by the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association. Since the first Congress was held in Rome in 1955, it now attracts over 3,500 delegates from more than 150 countries.

The Congress will focus on three main topics:

* Innovations in Addressing Longstanding Safety and Health Challenges.

* Implications of the Changing World of Work for Occupational Safety and Health.

* Advancing a Culture of Prevention

The main objectives are to provide a forum for exchange of knowledge, practices and experience in order to promote safe and healthy work for everyone, in addition to strengthening connections, networks and alliances and laying the groundwork for co-operation and strengthening relationships among all concerned.

Click here for further information and registration details.