The 8th China International Forum on Work Safety

The ILO and State Administration of Work Safety of China jointly organized the 8th China International Work Safety Forum in Beijing during 27-29 September 2016 in Beijing. The Forum aims to provide a platform to identify key issues, share technical experiences, and explore potential opportunities to promote occupational safety and health across the globe.

Around the world, many workers continue to face unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. According to the ILO’s estimates, every year around 2,000,000 workers lose their lives in occupational-related diseases and accidents worldwide. Aside from the huge human and social suffering, the economic costs due to the accidents and diseases arising from poor working conditions contribute to a great part of the loss of the world’s Gross National Product.

Enhancing occupational safety and health (OSH) has been the major concern of the governments, employers and workers’ organizations in ILO’s 187 member states, and is also high on the agenda of the Chinese government. The principle of safe development has been written into the national development plan and national OSH policies and programs have kept pace with China’s socio-economic development.

The ILO’s goal is to ensure that all work is safe work. In pursuit of a safety and healthy working environment for all workers in China, the ILO and its tripartite constituents in China need to exchange knowledge and experience to lessen occupational risks and hazards, promote the development of a workplace safety culture, share good practices in labour inspection, and develop an effective national OSH system.

Debuting in 2002, the China International Forum on Work Safety, hosted by the ILO and the State Administration of Work Safety of China was established as a platform for safety and health stakeholders across the globe. The China International Forum on Work Safety is organized every two years.

The 8th China International Forum on Work and Safety provides such an opportunity to facilitate dialogue among the ILO, the governments, employers and workers as well as stakeholders. The Forum aims to:
  • Improve understanding of the rising problems in the field of occupational safety and health
  • Share project experiences and strengthen technical cooperation in life protection, risk control and prevention, and safety supervision among different countries
  • Identify needs and explore potential areas for future collaborative actions
The 8th Forum is held from September 27 to 29, 2016 in Beijing, China. Keynote and Dialogue sessions are structured around the following themes:
  • Build life protection projects featuring hidden hazards identification, treatment and classification of risks.
  • Prevention and control of risks and safety inspection in cities
  • Innovating safety science and technology to support safe development
  • Prevention of extraordinarily serious accidents in mining and chemical sectors.