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8th International Conference OHS

Representatives of relevant global organisations as International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Social Security Association (ISSA), International Association of Labour Inspection (IALI) and European Agency for Safety and Health at work (EU-OSHA) attended this major international event in Istanbul Turkey.The goal: cooperation between countries as well as exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices. The motto of the conference was 'Sustainable Occupational Health and Safety'.  Speakers were academicians and experts leading in their fields, representatives of international organisations, universities, trade associations and non-governmental organizations from all over the world. Our colleague Erika Ustailieva was invited as one of the speakers.

Her presentation 'Promotion of occupational safety & health in the supply chain as part of the companies' 'sustainability agenda' shaded light on the general aspects of occupational safety and health (OSH) in supply chains.

The outsourcing trend and growing importance of supply chains has implications for the working conditions and health and safety of workers of both the supplier and the contracting companies. The presentation was based on two of Erika’s research papers, one for the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and one TNO research and her practical experience with the industry. It gave an overview of how OSH can be managed and promoted through the supply chain, and which drivers, incentives and instruments exist for companies to encourage good OSH practices among their suppliers and contractors. In addition, using the data from research and practice she argued that OSH are implemented in the supply chains predominantly as part of the companies’ sustainability agendas and this process will rapidly develop with the globally increased sustainability requirements and transition to green economy.

You can find her presentation here.


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