World Bank Workshop on OSH 2017

World Bank building

The IAG contributed to the Workshop “Strengthening World Bank Capabilities in Occupational Safety and Health” in June 2017 at the Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C.

Background and Impact

The World Bank has two goals, to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. To accomplish this mission, occupational safety and health (OSH) is a priority on the agenda. The Bank provides financing to governments in developing countries e.g. for construction projects. The Bank safeguards require proper OSH risk assessment and management. The World Bank, therefore, has great impact on safety and health at work.

Workshop Objective and Participants

The objective of the workshop was a needs analysis for core knowledge and skills of Bank staff for customized training in OSH. Bank officials presented OSH issues in financed projects. An advisory group offered good practices in risk management. This group consisted of representatives of the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the Technical University Delft and the International Social Security Association (ISSA).

Input of IAG

The IAG presented the training model of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) exemplified by the “ISSA Academy” and “International Training for Good Work Worldwide”, a training on prevention culture and social dialogue designed for the G7 Vision Zero Fund.

Outcome and Outlook

CPWR and TU Delft support the World Bank's efforts to develop an e-learning course. Thought has been given to envisage a meeting between the President of the World Bank and the President of the ISSA to interchange strategic ideas on a culture of prevention and the vision zero approach.