XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work



The XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work is a global forum for advancing worker health protection. In 1955, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA) organized and held the first World Congress in Rome, Italy. It was the first time that prevention experts and decision-makers from around the world met at a major international congress. The World Congress continues to be the world’s largest event for the international occupational health and safety community – attracting over 3,500 delegates from more than 150 countries. Since inception, the World Congress opens its doors to the world every three years, each time hosted by a different country.



  • Provide a forum for exchange of knowledge, practices and experience in order to promote safe and healthy work for all.
  • Strengthen connections, networks and alliances while laying the groundwork for cooperation and strengthening relationships among all concerned.
  • Provide a platform for knowledge, innovation, and strategic and practical ideas that can be immediately put into use.

Who should attend?

The XXII World Congress will attract the global workplace prevention community including:

  • High-level government officials, high-level decision-makers in the public and private sectors;
  • Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and labour leaders;
  • Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) professionals such as safety engineers, safety technicians,
  • Occupational hygienists, scientists, and so on;
  • Occupational physicians and others dealing with occupational medicine;
  • Labour inspectors and safety and health inspectors;
  • Instructors, trainers and teachers in the field of OSH education;
  • Trade unions, workers and their representatives;
  • Employers and their organizations, including human resource (HR) managers;
  • Social security institutions;
  • Public and private OSH organizations;
  • International and regional organizations;
  • Manufacturers and importers of safety materials and safety equipment;
  • Experts in communication and public relations; and
  • Media representatives and journalists.


The official World Congress languages are:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


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