The Global Forum gathers leading experts and researchers from social security institutions to discuss prevention related questions for workers compensation boards and occupational accident insurance schemes. The Forum focusses on various topics dedicated to prevention, communication, innovation, sustainability and resilience.
This year, the Forum will address responses to pandemics outbreaks and extreme events such as the COVID-19. It will be hosted by the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation with honourable support of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health Organizers, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and its ISSA Technical Commission on Insurance against Employment Accidents and Occupational Diseases. We are also pleased to welcome the regional organizations, bringing together social security institutions that are providing insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases.
Mr Caetano was elected in December 2018 on a vision to strengthen the ISSA's outreach and impact on social security through enhanced member services, governance, financing and communication. Prior to his election as Secretary General, Mr Caetano served as the Secretary for Social Security of the Government of Brazil, with the responsibility for designing, monitoring and developing a responsive and sustainable social security system in the country.
Coordinates activity and provides guidance for the development of state policy and legal regulation in the field of pension provision, including non-state pension provision, social insurance; organizes legislative work of the Ministry, including the preparation of proposals for the plan of legislative activity, ensuring interaction with the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, as well as the Public Council under the Ministry.
Previously being the vice-president of prevention and employer services for the WCB, Mr Germain collected great expertise and understanding of the prevention strategies in social security.
Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) provides workers compensation programs and services. The Company offers prevention, safety, employer premiums, fair practices, injury reporting, medical assistance, financial protection, and rehabilitation. WCB conducts its business in Canada.
Having served as the Deputy Chairperson since 2016 and the Head of Budget Department (2013-2016) for the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation, Mr. Polikashin is an experienced leader in the sphere of social security. Previously Mr. Polikashin was occupied in the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Nizhny Novgorod Region.
Victor Van Vuuren
In February 2009 Victor was appointed as the Director: International Labour Organization, Southern and Eastern Africa covering 23 countries. In January 2016 Victor was appointed as the Director Enterprises Department at the International Labour organisation Office, Geneva.
Victor is currently the chairman of COPAC (The Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives), the UNTFSSE (United Nations Task Force of the Social and Solidarity Economy), chairman of the PAGE Management Board (Partnership for Action in the Green Economy) and member of the Capitals Coalition Supervisory Board.
Victor served on the South African Council for Higher Education, the National Economic Development and Labour Council, the International Labour Organisation Governing Body, the Council of the Pan African Employers' Confederation and the South African Power Utility Research Advisory Board.
Dr Irene Isaka
Irene Isaka (Ph.D) is currently working as Secretary General for East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA). Before this appointment Dr. Isaka worked as a Lecturer under the Department of Social Protection and Actuarial Studies at the Institute of Finance Management (IFM). Isaka also worked as Director General of Social Security Regulatory Authority (SSRA) following the appointment by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania in 2010. Under this capacity, Isaka was able to set up systems and processes for the newly established Authority; harmonization of Legal and Regulatory Framework of social security sector in 2012; parametric reforms in 2014 and merging of Pension Funds in 2018. She also served as the chairperson of East African Pension Regulators.
Before the appointment to work with SSRA, Isaka worked with Standard Bank (Stanbic Bank Tanzania) as the Country Head of International Development Group (IDG), Non-Banking Financial Institutions (NBFIs) & the Public Sector.
Dong Heon Kim
1995-Present. Director IT HQs (COMWEL). 2020.6./7. International Comparative Research Seminar on Digital Strategies of Social Security Instituitions in France CNAM(Caisse Nationale de l'Assurance Maladie) (2nd, Core IT Systems, Big Data, AI Case Sharing). 2019.7. Invited to ASSA International workshops in Vietnam (Announcement of ICT Sector). 2015.10. Local workshops ODA projects in Vietnam. 2014.10. Indonesia IT International Cooperation (knowledge economy innovation projects). 2014. 9. Local workshops ODA projects in Vietnam. 2013.1,6. ODA projects Local Workshop (Vietnam, Indonesia). 2012.11. Vietnam Social Security (VSS) industrial injury insurance system FS project implementation. 2012.6. Asian developing countries Accident Insurance Information Support (Vietnam). 2012.5. The ADB(Asian Development Bank) workshop. 2011.9. Mongolia IT volunteer participation and teaching methods utilizing PC.
Dr Edlyn Höller
Dr. Edlyn Höller is the Deputy Director General of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). In this function, she is in particular responsible for the areas of insurance law and rehabilitation. Before taking office, the lawyer had already been working for the DGUV (and its predecessor HVBG) in various positions since 2004 - most recently as the Director of Insurance Law. In this function, she was responsible, among other things, for strategically important projects within the framework of the reorganisation of the statutory accident insurance and the development of recommendations for the further development of the law on occupational diseases. Prior to her work for the statutory accident insurance, Höller was a research assistant at the Chair of Civil Law, German and European Labour and Social Law of Prof. Dr. Maximilian Fuchs at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. She received her doctorate in law in 2004 with a dissertation on European social law.
Executive Director McGill was selected by the Commissioners to serve in January, 2013, responsible for the overall operations including all administration, operational and financial functions. She oversees twelve different operating departments, responsible for all day to day operations. Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of the Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators Management Information Systems Committee and President, Board of Directors, for the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director at the Commission, she had a fourteen (14) year tenure with the City of Richmond's Police Department, where she retired as Deputy Chief of Administration/Executive Director. She has also served as a senior administrator in various capacities, including Director and Vice President of Financial Affairs in various public sector agencies, while starting her career in various local and state governments in administration and finance.
Dr Stefan Hussy
Member of the Board of Management German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Trade and Logistics Industry
Chief Prevention Manager German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Trade and Logistics Industry
Head of the Prevention Division German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the public sector in Lower Saxony and for the local authorities in Hanover
Labour Inspector Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention in the Metalworking Industry in northern Germany
Works manager in the cold-rolling mill Preussag Stahl AG
Production engineer for material development Preussag Stahl AG
International Social Security Association
Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano ISSA Secretary General Opening Remarks
Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation
Andrey Pudov State Secretary – Deputy Minister Opening Remarks
Canadian Workers' Compensation Board representative
XXII World Congress Digital Meeting on COVID-19 and OSH
XXII World Congress Digital Meeting on COVID-19 and OSH
5–6 October 2020 | Virtual
The World Congress was originally created to act as a global forum so that occupational safety and health professionals and thought leaders would have a platform to share, educate, and discuss with their international counterparts. Since its inception in 1955, the world of work has evolved and changed significantly.
The theme for the XXII World Congress reflects the fact that today, the world is highly connected. This connectivity has been enabled and accelerated through mechanisms such as global supply chains and technology allowing for the rapid exchange of data, knowledge, processes and practices that create challenges and opportunities for protecting the safety and health of workers.
While this theme continues to be relevant, we are now faced with a public health crisis that is changing the shape of our lives, and our work: COVID-19. And as we all adapt to this new and evolving reality, our plans for the XXII World Congress must also adapt.
We first made the decision to postpone to September 19-22, 2021. Now, we are exploring virtual options that will enhance the Congress programming we will be offering in Toronto, and which will allow the World Congress to become an even more global event. We are also examining our outreach, marketing, and programming to make sure they are relevant, and timely.
Over the past seven decades the World Congress has marked important developments in the world of work, and in prevention. The XXII World Congress will continue this tradition and bring you thought leadership, knowledge and experience that reflects the realities of prevention in today's world of work.
Technical Commission on Insurance against Employment Accidents and Occupational Diseases
Technical Commission on Insurance against Employment Accidents and Occupational Diseases
Occupational diseases are posing an ever-increasing challenge to workers' compensation systems. The vast majority of all occupational claims are due to work-related diseases.
Occupational safety and health policy is shifting from an injury- and accident-centred approach to one that is increasingly focused on occupational diseases.
To effectively address occupational diseases, many social security organizations responsible for insuring and compensating these risks are adopting a more proactive approach. This approach can best be described as "prevention is better than cure and compensation".
In addition, occupational accident and diseases insurance is increasingly recognized as being not just a compensation system but also a tool of employment policy and vocational rehabilitation, and a means of supporting social cohesion and economic growth. This new approach gives social security organizations that administer occupational risk insurance a new role with two prevention components:
the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases;
the prevention of unemployment through long-term sick leave of people who have suffered an occupational accident, by introducing rehabilitation and return to work measures.
Social security institutions that promote employment and support higher activity rates increasingly include return to work, rehabilitation and reintegration measures into their client services.
International Social Security Association (ISSA)
The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is the world's leading international organization for social security institutions, government departments and agencies.
The ISSA promotes excellence in social security administration through professional guidelines, expert knowledge, services and support to enable its members to develop dynamic social security systems and policy throughout the world.
Community: The ISSA provides an exclusive member community and promotes cooperation and exchange through events and expert networks
Knowledge: The ISSA develops professional standards, undertakes research and analysis, identifies good practices, and provides data on social security systems in 177 countries
Services: The ISSA offers practical services and support for social security administrations.
Innovation: The ISSA facilitates innovative approaches to strengthen administration, anticipate risks and manage change
Promotion: The ISSA supports global advocacy to promote comprehensive social security
The ISSA was founded in 1927 under the auspices of the International Labour Organization, and today has over 320 member institutions from over 150 countries.
Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation
Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation is an independent financial and credit government institution under the Government of the Russian Federation. It consists of 85 branches established in all territories of the Russian Federation, as well as 12 rehabilitation centers, which belong to the organization. The Fund deals with compulsory social insurance in cases of temporary disability and maternity, compulsory social insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases and operates agencies functions such as: • Providing disabled people with technical rehabilitation equipment and (or) services, prostheses (except dental prostheses) and orthopedic products. • Providing citizens entitled to benefits, with vouchers for health resort treatment, as well as free travel to the place of resort and back home; • Payment of maternal certificates; • Providing allowances and payments for working citizens, that are financed form the federal budget.
The mission is to support developing countries with the best practices and experiences of the COMWEL in WCI through promoting an online forum, and thereby, enhance cooperative relations among partner countries, which, in turn, will contribute to the continued buildup of their national competence.
East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA)
The formation of ECASSA in March 2007 was a response to the need by social protection schemes including health insurance schemes and pension funds, in East and Central Africa, to work more closely in the interest of improving the quality and effectiveness of their services to the people of the region.
It is important to recall that most public social protection institutions were established at independence in the 1960s and all faced the same challenges of low coverage, insignificant benefits and a workforce deprived of proper training in social security administration. This has been attributed to the fact that most of these schemes started as government departments and their leadership was part of the public service bureaucracy with no appreciation of the concept of social security. This resulted in lethargy within these institutions and thus performance well below par over the years.
However, since the late 1990s, these schemes have been exposed to a competitive business environment, assisted by growing consumer awareness of their rights. Over time, many of the schemes adapted new strategies to address these challenges and most importantly, they had their laws amended to make admission to their Boards more professional. Nonetheless, challenges such as low coverage, labour migration to neighboring countries, poor corporate governance and service delivery continued to persist. A way to have the schemes come together and tackle these challenges was in urgent demand.
In early 2007, after both formal and informal consultations, the schemes Director -Generals and Managers reached a consensus that their organisations could achieve progress in matters of common interest faster and at a relatively low cost if they had a mechanism for maintaining regular contacts, continuous sharing of experiences and pooling of resources to fund capital intensive programmes. ECASSA was thus established and today serves as the sub-regional co-ordination agency to enable social protection schemes realize their full potential in guaranteeing improved social security for the people of this Eastern and Central African region.
The European Forum of the Insurance against Accidents at Work and Occupational Diseases
The European Forum of the Insurance against Accidents at Work and Occupational Diseases was founded in 1992.
Its aim is to promote and safeguard the principle of such a specific insurance. Moreover, it actively monitors the process of convergence between the systems in place in Europe.
The European Forum is commited to actively improving the situation of workers in Europe who have suffered an accident at work or an occupational disease is therefore playing a significant part in creating a socially just Europe for the future.
The European Forum aims to promote the exchange of information and experiences among member organisations, which often face the same problems in terms of insurance, prevention or rehabilitation.
As of 2019, the European Forum counts member institutions from 21 countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC)
Since it was founded in 1914, the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions, or IAIABC, has been providing information and education on workers' compensation policy, regulation, and administration.
Today, the IAIABC is the largest trade association of workers' compensation jurisdictional agencies in North America. Along with these government entities, various private organizations involved in the delivery of workers' compensation coverage and benefits participate in the IAIABC.
The IAIABC works to improve and clarify laws, identify best practices, develop and implement standards, and provide education and information sharing. The IAIABC strives to gather the best resources available to solve the practical administrative and regulatory challenges of its members.
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