Health and safety at work – Everyone is concerned!
Since 2003, the Accident Insurance Association (AAA), UEL, later joined by INDR, have joined forces to fight against accidents at work, commuting accidents and occupational diseases. In 2016, these three organisations launched the national strategy VISION ZERO, on the occasion of the 10th edition of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Forum. Joined by six ministries and the three national trade unions, this strategy sends a strong signal of shared individual and collective responsibility.
VISION ZERO is a continuous improvement approach that aims to raise awareness and train employees in safe and responsible behaviour and calls on the leadership of business executives. Based on prevention recommendations, VISION ZERO has generalised the principle that all accidents at work are preventable. The 7 golden rules provide a guideline for any company wishing to implement a culture of prevention. More than 215 companies have signed up to the VISION ZERO since the strategy was launched, thus contributing to the national effort.
There is no doubt that occupational health and safety should be seen as a business investment, not a cost, for the simple reason that good risk prevention is easy to implement and provides a return on investment that exceeds any other public health expenditure. It is a beneficial commitment for both companies and employees: reducing human and family tragedies, absenteeism and economic losses.
As the National Charter is coming to an end, the three initiators of the VISION ZERO (AAA, UEL and INDR) have committed themselves to continuing it: At the next OHS Forum on 26 October 2022, new targets will be set for the period from 2023 to 2030. This 15th edition of the OHS Forum will take place in a trade fair format (exhibitors, workshops, OHS Award ceremony). Registrations are now open.