The online conference about ‘Vision Zero and the Great Reset’, which was organised on 17 and 18 March 2021 by the International ORP Foundation in collaboration with the Global and the Danish Vision Zero Councils demonstrated that the Global OSH Community is ready to contribute to a safer, healthier and more sustainable post-COVID world of work.
The conference, which was attended by a large international audience, marked the starting point for discussions amongst the global OSH Community about the potential of prevention to secure the human dimension of the WEF’s >Great Reset initiative. While the current pandemic has underlined the importance of robust social and health protection systems and in particular has increased the awareness of the importance of a safe and healthy behaviour both in society, in business and amongst people, it is critical that positive awareness levels are sustained and strengthened further.
Importantly we need to manage four important challenges to unlock the potential of prevention, which are to change mind-sets, create new incentives, digitalise prevention and introduce new metrics. High-level representatives from the leading international OSH-organisations, business leaders and senior experts from national institutions and businesses shared inspiring strategic concepts and operational solutions, which confirmed that a new, more holistic approach to organisational health and sustainability, where people come first, is possible.
- A new prevention mind-set both at national and business level based on Vision Zero and its 7 Golden Rules on the one hand and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 on the other, endorsed by top-management and implemented at all levels of the organisation was identified as a key driver for a solid prevention culture. There was a strong call for ‘democratizing’ prevention by training and involving all employees, and for extending safety, health and wellbeing ‘beyond the gates’ of the company to include both families and communities.
- New, positive incentives should be introduced to promote and support this new mind-set, and in line with a more holistic view of prevention proactive, leading indicators and new metrics should provide a more accurate assessment of the levels of health and sustainability of an organisation.
- The conference also highlighted the potential of the Digital Economy to further reduce safety risks and improve protection levels, based on the principles of collaborative safety, and to introduce predictive AI-based prevention concepts and tools. A ‘New Way of Working’ was suggested to a provide healthy and flexible work organisation for the dramatically increased online workforce, and the challenges of digitalisation should be addressed proactively, for example by using an adapted version of the 7 Golden Rules for Vision Zero.
For program details and the full recordings of the presentations and discussions go to https://fiorp.org/eventos/vision-zero-and-the-great-reset/