World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022

High-level virtual discussion on acting together to build a positive safety and health culture

The ILO hosted a high-level virtual discussion, exploring the topic of participation and social dialogue for creating a preventative safety and health culture.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 Global Webinar explored the topic of participation and social dialogue in creating a positive safety and health culture.


  • Malek Ezzahi, Minister of Social Affairs, Tunisia
  • Jeannette Alejandra Jara Román, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Chile
  • Saravanan Murugan, Minister of Human Resources, Malaysia
  • Ana Mendes Godinho, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Portugal 
  • Hanna Sarkkinen, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Roberto Suarez Santos, Secretary-General IOE
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Jukka Takala, Executive Director emeritus, ICOH
  • Ruth Wilkinson, Head of Health and Safety, IOSH
  • Yogindra Samant, Chief Medical Officer, Norwegian Labour Authority
  • Alke Boessiger, Deputy General Secretary of UNI Global Union
  • Kris de Meester, First Advisor, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
  • Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Branch Chief, LABADMIN/OSH, ILO
  • Manal Azzi, OSH Team Lead, ILO
  • Vera Paquete Perdigao, Director, Governance and Tripartism Department, ILO

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen that having a strong OSH system, which includes meaningful participation of governments, employers, workers, public health actors and all relevant parties at the national and enterprise level, has been crucial in protecting working environments and safeguarding the safety and health of workers.

Through effective social dialogue, governments and social partners actively participate in all phases of OSH decision-making processes. This is important from the development and revision of OSH policy and regulatory frameworks to address persistent and new OSH challenges, to actual application at the workplace level. Social dialogue not only contributes to improving OSH policies and strategies, but it is also essential to build ownership and commitment, easing the way for their rapid and more effective implementation.
This global webinar brought together a panel of high-level government leaders, employer and worker representatives and experts to discuss the theme and share their experiences and practices from around the world.

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