Global Commitment of Regional Workers Compensation Forums Towards Vision Zero 

 

The number of social and economic losses caused by unsafe work environments is significant. Despite progresses in recent decades, the trend in decreasing accidents and diseases has slowed down in many countries as a result of rapid changes in the labor market.

In response to this situation, the ISSA has launched a global Vision Zero campaign on September 2017 in Singapore. The campaign promotes a comprehensive prevention strategy and safe future for all, without fatal or serious work accidents, occupational diseases and traffic accidents. The campaign supports and complements multiple related safety and health initiatives under the common theme of 'Vision Zero'.

The Vision Zero campaign aims to mobilize and inspire a renewed and voluntary commitment by decision-makers, employers, business leaders, managers and occupational health professionals to safety and health for all people at the workplace through the application of a series of simple principles.

And in order to strengthen the commitment from every social security institution, BPJS Ketenagakerjaan invited all of work compensation regional forums, such as Asian Workers Compensation Forum (Asia and The Pacific Region), European Forum (Europe Region), International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (America Region) and East and Central Africa Social Security Association (East and Central Africa Region) to accelerate the implementation of Vision Zero through 'International Seminar on Expanding Social Security Coverage in the Disruptive Economy Era' agenda, an initiative endorsed by International Social Security Association (ISSA).

The meeting was held on 5-7 February 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, in a panel discussion setting and invited 3 key speakers from each forum, Agus Susanto of AWCF, Dominique Dressler of European Forum and Matt Carey of IAIABC. The panel was moderated by Joachim Breuer.

Breuer opened the panel by sharing his view about the importance and main reasons of implementing the vision zero. As reported by ISSA, there were 340 million work accidents, 2.78 million work-related fatal diseases, and a causing of 3.94% annual GDP loss worldwide. Based on the data, it could be concluded that if work accidents and work-related fatal diseases could be prevented, it would lead to a better impact toward social and economic aspects. Meaning, a healthy working condition which would contribute to a healthy business.

The term 'Vision Zero' does not merely mean having a zero accident in the future. However, it is believed that all accidents, diseases and harm at work are preventable. For it to be achievable, strategic prevention approaches that could integrate safety, health and well-being are needed at all level of works. The proposed approaches include:

1. From vision to reality

Vision Zero aims to inculcate a mindset that all work-related injuries and ill-health are preventable. It calls for a shift from the paradigm at every level of an organization, from one that focuses on putting blames, to one on finding solutions to prevent injuries and ill-health. To achieve this would require commitment from all stakeholders across all levels in the workforce.

2 Healthy work – Healthy life

Our future world of work is becoming more challenging, complex and fast-paced. Correspondingly, the link between work environment and employees’ health is getting stronger. To improve employees’ health and ensure that they can work longer and live healthier, the interconnected issues of occupational safety and employees’ health are best managed in a comprehensive and integrated manner. The integrated approach is one where employees and employers work together continuously to sustain, protect and promote each other’s safety and health in the workplace.

3. People-centered prevention

Protecting employees is the heart of what occupational safety and health (OSH) is about. To build inclusive workplaces for OSH to thrive, components such as demographic changes, ageing, gender, culture and education are important. To support these efforts, sustainable strategies for the promotion, protection and education of our people are critical.

 

The meeting resulted on several agreements:

1. To do more socialization to gain more interest in Vision Zero as a new prevention approach.

As we may already know, work-related fatal diseases and accidents could lead to socio-economic disadvantages. In this sense, it is urgently needed for all social security institutions to take action. It is strongly believed that Vision Zero could eliminate and prevent work related accidents, harms, and occupation by building a strong prevention culture.

Thus, it was agreed that the main goal of these meetings was to spread the words about Vision Zero and gain interest in social security institution, and in result, to join and implement Vision Zero.

2. That collaboration between regional forums is necessary.

To implement and keep the sustainability of Vision Zero initiatives, the social security institutions have gone the extra mile to ensure that it is urgently needed for decision-makers, employers, business leaders, managers and occupational health professionals to commit to safety and health for all people at the workplace through the application of a series of simple principles. A collaboration between all work compensation regional forums could catalyze the implementation of Vision Zero.

3. An upcoming regional forum agenda

All work compensation regional forums agreed upon an upcoming regional forum agenda where they will share the good practices on implementing the Vision Zero initiatives.