IOSH’s Swiss Network was privileged recently to be invited to spend the day at the International Labour Organization (ILO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, during its centenary year.
The ILO is the only tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers across 187 member states. It sets standards and develops policies in occupational health.
IOSH Swiss Network Chair Alison Hinde said:
“The focus of the day was global occupational health covering a good mix of events. ILO representatives discussed high-level strategy combined with a more practical approach shown in David Gold’s ‘No time to Lose’ presentation on diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEEs).
“Our tour included the vast debating rooms where we could imagine representatives sitting through the night debating key areas of importance around the world. The day covered the role of ILO through history, at the centre of world events, and throughout it there were opportunities to network with other OSH professionals.”
IOSH Vice-President Dr David Gold described the No Time to Lose campaign as a “powerful advocacy programme”, stating that the presentation on DEEEs provided participants with information on a “very important carcinogen that can cause lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”.