A meeting between Maksim Topilin, Minister of Labor of the Russian Federation, and Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) took place as part of the III All-Russia Occupational Safety and Health Week (10-14 April, Sochi).
“ISSA has set quite an ambitious goal to reach – a zero rate of accidents at work or the «Vision Zero», strategy as we call it, — claimed Hans-Horst Konkolewsky. — This year ISSA is launching a global «Vision Zero», programme in the course of the forthcoming Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore in early September”.
In his turn, Maksim Topilin expressed readiness to take part in it. “Russia shall prepare its proposals for the Singapore congress”, he stated.
Moreover, the Minister of Labour claimed that Russia had already started its preparation for the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting that is to be held in China in July.
ISSA is also taking part in the preparation of the BRICS events. During its chairmanship in 2017 China referred to ISSA for assistance in drawing up a document on sustainable social welfare systems for BRICS countries. Russia is also planning to present its own vision, Mr Topilin said.
Mr Hans-Horst Konkolewsky emphasized that the All-Russia Occupational Safety and Health Week was of importance not only for Russia but also for other countries participating in it. According to him, “the All-Russia Occupational Safety and Health Week will scale up prevention and encourage its development both inside and outside of Russia”.