Prevention in the Connected Age
Global solutions to achieve safe and healthy work for all


The World Congress is a crucial global forum for the exchange of  information and opinion by experts in safety and health, representatives of companies and employees, decision-makers from government and public authorities, social partners, and anyone active in the area of occupational safety and health.

The Congress Programme will be dynamic and interactive, showcasing experts, thought leaders and innovators from around the globe covering the following 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


Opening Ceremony

Join us for the Opening Ceremony which will kick off the World Congress in the afternoon on Sunday, 4 October at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. All Congress delegates and registered accompanying persons are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception that follows. This is an excellent networking opportunity for you to further your relationships amongst the safety and health community.

Keynote Speeches and Technical Sessions

Keynote Speeches by world renowned international speakers will introduce you to the main topics of the World Congress 2020. Technical Sessions will further illustrate the three main Congress topics to provide you with a deeper understanding of the global safety and health at work issues.


The symposia will reflect the topics that are currently most pressing in occupational safety and health around the globe. Get involved in the discussions, contribute your own experience, and benefit from new observations on key prevention issues.

Poster Exhibition

The Poster Exhibition of the Congress is organised in line with various topics of discussion to provide an opportunity for more networking and collaboration. The Posters will be displayed throughout the Congress in the International Safety and Health Exhibition.

International Media Festival

The International Media Festival for Prevention is an integral part of the World Congress for Safety and Health at Work. The festival will provide you an overview of the wide range of workplace safety and health films and multimedia products from all over the world. An international jury of experts will present awards at the Congress to the best contributions.

International Safety and Health Exhibition

A safety and health at work exhibition will be held as a supporting event for the World Congress 2020. Over 200 exhibitors are expected to participate.

Canada Night

You are invited to attend our Canada Night on Tuesday, 6 October. Cultural performances and typical Canadian cuisine will give you a chance to experience Canada’s multicultural heritage while spending valuable times with your friends and peers.

Technical Tours

Technical Tours will be organized on the last day on Wednesday, 7 October, allowing you to experience key industries and occupational safety and health developments in Toronto and Ontario.

Social Tours

Toronto is a melting pot of diverse cultures and religions that offers a plethora of delectable culinary delights and numerous attractions that would satisfy one’s yearning for adventure.

Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 7 October. The Ceremony will summarize key highlights and outcomes from the XXII World Congress 2020, and close with a handover ceremony to the next World Congress host. 

Making Connections

Throughout the Congress there will be an emphasis on making connections between topics, delegates, and areas of expertise in order to advance our global vision of safety and health work for all.