Workers Health & Safety Centre

World Congress on Safety & Health at Work Calls for Abstracts

The World Congress on Safety and Health at Work is accepting abstracts from around the world to tie into topics, themes, and sessions of the XXII Congress to be held in 2020 in Toronto.

Participants who wish to present a paper, project, or case study of lessons learned in your country, in your workplace, or research findings from your latest scientific study are requested to submit an abstract. Abstracts can be submitted in English or French through the online Abstract Submission Portal. The deadline for submitting abstracts is December 15, 2019.  

The 2020 World Congress is a global forum for the exchange of knowledge, practices, experience, and opinions by experts in health and safety, representatives of companies, trade unions, workers and their representatives, government decision-makers, public authorities, social partners, researchers, health and safety instructors, trainers, health and safety inspectors, occupational physicians, manufacturers of safety equipment, journalists and filmmakers, and anyone active in the area of occupational health and safety to promote safe and healthy work for all.

This significant event is taking place October 4 to 7, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The formal program will include opening and closing ceremonies, plenary sessions, technical sessions, symposia and a Canada Night to celebrate music, food, and culture. The program also includes an International Media Festival for Prevention (IMFP), a poster exhibition, technical tours and an International Safety and Health Exhibition.

Congress Theme:

The theme for the XXII World Congress is Prevention in the connected age: global solutions to achieve safe and healthy work for all. As the world grows ever more connected by information and communication technology, there are both challenges and opportunities to strengthen the global effort to protect the health and safety of workers. The Congress program will explore innovations in addressing longstanding safety and health challenges and will consider the implications of the changing world of work for workers, employers, regulators, researchers, and OHS professionals.

Main Topics:

  1. Innovations in Addressing Longstanding Safety and Health Challenges
  2. Implications of the Changing World of Work for Occupational Safety and Health
  3. Advancing a Culture of Prevention


  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • International Social Security Association (ISSA)
  • Canadian Hosts: Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Registration for the World Congress 2020 is now open at Organizers encourage you to register today for the early bird discount! The deadline for early online registration is June 26, 2020.

Want more information on the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work?

For our part, Workers Health & Safety Centre continues to assist workplace parties through training and information services aimed at raising awareness about the working conditions impeding worker well-being. Many of these same programs offer essential insight into the workplace solutions needed to change these harmful working conditions. For instance, our comprehensive Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Training and Supervisor Training help to prepare these workplace parties to meet their obligations in pursuit of safer, healthier work.

To learn more: 
Call:   1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak with a training services representative