Accidents at work and occupational diseases are neither determined by fate nor unavoidable – they always have causes. By building a strong prevention culture, these causes can be eliminated and work related accidents, harm and occupational diseases be prevented.
'Vision Zero' is a transformational approach to prevention that integrates the three dimensions of safety, health and well-being at all levels of work. The International Social Security Association (ISSA) Vision Zero concept is flexible and can be adjusted to the specific safety, health or well-being priorities for prevention in any given context. Thanks to this flexibility, Vision Zero is beneficial to any workplace, enterprise or industry in all regions of the world.
7 golden rules for Vision Zero
- Take leadership – demonstrate commitment.
- Identify hazards – control risks.
- Define targets – develop programmes.
- Ensure a safe and healthy system – be well-organised.
- Ensure safety and health in machines, equipment and workplaces.
- Improve qualifications – develop competence.
- Invest in people – motivate by participation.