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Invitation 12 Nov: Welcome to the Launch of the Global Coalition on OSH and the Vision Zero Summit in Helsinki (Live stream)

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Press invitation 31.10.2019 

Together for a safer and healthier future of work                                    

Welcome to the Launch of the Global Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health and
the Vision Zero Summit 2019 in Helsinki Finland on 12 November 2019

 The Global Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health will contribute to the practical implementation of the commitments that have been made in the last decade in global forums such as United Nations SDG, G7- and  G20-countries, EU OSH Strategy etc. to protect the safety and health of the workers of the world.

The Global Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health will be introduced and streamed online at the Vision Zero Summit 2019, Helsinki
Date:                  Tuesday 12 November 2019
Time:                  9.30 – 10.15 am (local time in Helsinki, Eastern European Time)
                           8.30 – 9.15 am (CET, Central European Time)
                           7.30 – 8.15 am (UCT, GMT, Greenwich Mean Time)
Venue:               Hotel Clarion, Tyynenmerenkatu 2, Helsinki, Finland
Live stream:      https://coalition.livestriimi.fi   (The Launch will be recorded and also the record can be found here)


The Finnish Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Mrs. Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, will open the Launch and Ms Vera Paquete-Perdigao, Director of Governance, ILO as well as other founding and steering committee members of the Coalition will participate in the launch.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Coalition. In the Coalition there are also representatives from the European Union (EU), the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and several states from all Continents, including Chile, Croatia, Iraq, South Africa and Portugal. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) will be participating as an observer. The idea of a pragmatic global coalition was first proposed at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work (Singapore 2017) by Finland. 

Vision Zero Summit 2019

Vision Zero is a strategy and a holistic mindset. It is continuous improvement of safety, health, and wellbeing at work, not just a numerical goal. This summit focuses on discussing different aspects of Vision Zero, taking the Vision Zero thinking and actions to the next level, and sharing best practices and lessons learned. Journalists are welcome to join the Summit and interview the Speakers e.g.

  • Andrew Sharman, professor, CEO RMS Switzerland: inspiring, interactive approach exploring the challenges to improving safety culture
  • Chris Venables, Group Safety Director, Tesco Stores Ltd : how to manage safety as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility in a global retail company
  • Masao Mukaidono, chair, IGSAP, Japan: how to bring anshin (peace of mind) to people in the environment where people and machines/robots coexist
  • Anna-Maria Teperi, Chief Senior Researcher, FIOH: how human factors framework and tools have been used in Finnish air traffic management, nuclear power industry, maritime and railway
  • Merja Partio, OHS Director: how the accident rate has dropped more than 80 % in UPM

The journalists are invited to join the Launch and the Vision Zero Summit.
Please see the Summit webpage and the programme for more information.  https://www.visionzero.fi  

Registrations: please contact Kristiina Kulha, the FIOH Communications dep. kristiina.kulha[at]ttl.fi, tel +358 40 548 6914
Additional Information also: Tommi Alanko, Director, FIOH (Summit), tommi.alanko[at]ttl.fi, tel. +358 40 719 2521 and Ms. Ana Catalina Ramirez, ILO (Coalition), tel. +41 76 642 8880, acramirez[at]ilo.org


Media Services

Kristiina Kulha, Communications Specialist
FIOH, Helsinki
Tel. 358 30 474 2551,  358 40 548 6914, 

Tiina Kaksonen, Coordinator
FIOH, Oulu
Tel. 358 30 474 3015, 358 50 364 3158


The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) researches, develops and specializes in well-being at work. It promotes occupational health and safety and the well-being of workers. It is an independent institution under public law, working under the administrative sector of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. FIOH has six regional offices, and its headquarters are in Helsinki. Fifty per cent of its funding comes from the state budget.