The Vision Zero Accredited Training programme was launched during the Vision Zero in Motion session of the World Congress Digital Meeting. It is based on a partnership between the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA). The 1300 OSH trainers that have already signed up to Vision Zero, as well as other professional OSH trainers, are encouraged to join the programme.
As a COVID-captured world seeks a safer, better life, a global movement that believes all accidents, diseases and harm at work are preventable is announcing an exciting training package to make workplaces safer and healthier. Vision Zero is a transformational approach to prevention that integrates the three dimensions of safety, health and well-being at all levels of work. Launched in September 2017 by the ISSA, the programme quickly gathered support from governments and businesses around the world.
Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General of the ISSA, said: “By joining forces, the ISSA and IOSH will ensure the development of high-quality training capacity, building on the Vision Zero 7 Golden Rules. This is a crucial pillar to make advances towards the vision of a world without work-inflicted disease, injuries or fatalities.”
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is a longstanding member of the ISSA, on its Special Commission for Prevention and chair of its Education and Training Section, and IOSH has supported Vision Zero as it evolved. Now, the two organisations have co-developed the Vision Zero training package, which IOSH will deliver.
“This bold initiative gives training providers a special opportunity to sign-up to and play their part in taking the Vision Zero commitment forward, to create workplaces that will work towards an aspiration of zero harm,” said IOSH Chair of Trustees Dr Bill Gunnyeon.
It’s a breakthrough that offers Vision Zero training providers worldwide a chance to be part of an international drive to prevent people being killed, injured or becoming unwell as a result of their work. The new training package will empower each training provider to become a ‘Vision Zero Hero’, providing them with the tools they need to deliver training to those committed to embedding a vision of zero harm in their organisations.
Developed by the ISSA and delivered by IOSH, the new Vision Zero training course will teach the principles and benefits of Vision Zero as a preventative strategy and empower learners with the tools they need to implement it. This six-hour course, accessible both face-to-face and through video conferencing, is aimed at those with a passion for reducing the number of accidents and harm in the workplace.
As well as benefiting from the quality and consistency that goes with a well-marketed global brand, the course also gives approved training providers chance to use the Vision Zero branded teaching and learning materials that promote a consistent, high quality programme. There will also be an accreditation and licensing process for Vision Zero trainers.