On Thursday, May 10, the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) became a Vision Zero partner, the International Social Security Association’s (ISSA) campaign based on the belief that all workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities are preventable.
NIOSH’s Total Worker Health Symposium took place in Bethesda, Maryland, and served as Vision Zero’s kickoff in North America. IAIABC President Matt Carey of the Rhode Island Division of Workers’ Compensation spoke at the Symposium, discussing Rhode Island’s experiences in prevention-focused programs and different ways the workers’ compensation industry could support Vision Zero within their own organizations.
Said Mr. Carey during his remarks, “I believe the Vision Zero campaign is an opportunity to be a bridge between the workers’ compensation community and the broader safety community in the United States. Working together, we can be successful at eliminating harm at work.”
Vision Zero has a range of resources for organizations to use in implementing safety and health initiatives. Through seven golden rules – take leadership; identify hazards; define targets; ensure a safe and healthy system; ensure safety and health in machines, equipment, and workplaces; improve qualifications; and invest in people – Vision Zero encourages organizations to make measured improvements that will lead to positive changes for their workers and workplaces.
As a Vision Zero partner, the IAIABC recognizes the importance of the health and well-being of workers and safety at work. The alignment with the IAIABC’s mission to solutions to reduce harm and aid recovery from occupational injuries and illnesses is natural, and the IAIABC is proud to stand by the ISSA and the hundreds of other organizations around the world who have also become Vision Zero partners.
If you are interested in learning more about Vision Zero or becoming a Vision Zero partner, please visit www.visionzero.global.
About the IAIABC
The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions is a not-for-profit association representing government agencies charged with the administration of workers’ compensation systems as well as other workers’ compensation professionals in the private sector. Its mission is to find solutions to reduce harm and aid recovery from occupational injuries and illnesses. Learn more about the IAIABC at www.iaiabc.org.
Contact: Heather Lore, IAIABC Senior Manager of Membership and Communications
Phone: (608) 841-2017