The First Vision Zero Summit was held in November 2019 on invitation by the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (FIOH) and formed part of events organised by Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Organised in collaboration with major international organisations, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) it provided a forum for discussion about Vision Zero both as a new workplace prevention strategy and a new holistic mind-set, which is based on the belief that all work injuries can be prevented if the safety, health and well-being of people comes first.
The Summit focused 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. One theme of the Summit was worded as Rethinking Vision Zero, which is a reminder that there are many perspectives to Vision Zero.
The Helsinki Summit was a resounding success and saw the launch of the Global Coalition for Safety and Health at Work, an initiative promoted by the Government of Finland and supported by the ILO, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), the European Commission, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the Government of Singapore.
The Governments of Chile, Croatia, Finland, Iraq, Portugal, Singapore and South Africa integrate the Steering Committee of the Coalition, together with the International Organization of Employers (IOE), the International Trade Union Organization (ITUC), ICOH, EU-OSHA, the European Commission, the International Social Security Association (ISSA), the International Association of Labour Inspection and the ILO, acting as chair and Secretariat. The WHO is an observer of the Steering Committee.
The Global Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health is a multi-stakeholder partnership aiming at generating strategies and practical solutions for common occupational safety and health challenges that can benefit from a global perspective. By uniting organizations, governments, workers and employers, the Global Coalition fosters alliances, maximizing and leveraging existing knowledge and resources.
The Global Coalition is composed of Task Groups that reflect the identified priorities of the global agenda on safety and health at work.
The Task Group on Vision Zero at the Enterprise Level introduces the Vision Zero concept globally to enterprises in a pragmatic way and aims at supporting the implementation of Vision Zero thinking by promoting an exchange of existing experiences in different countries and enterprises that have adopted Vision Zero as a driver for OSH management.
The Task Group, which is led by the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (FIOH), is the permanent organiser of Vision Zero Summits.