Keynote Presentations

Total Worker Health – its international reach?

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci
Integrating traditional Occupational Safety and Health protection programmes with the wider determinants of health in the workplace – stress, quality of management and leadership, autonomy, flexibility, etc. – is not easy to achieve, and many barriers especially cultural ones must be overcome. The lecture will take an international lens and look at progress around the world in achieving this highly desirable goal. Total Worker Health, when properly embedded, improves the wellbeing not only of workers but also of their families, communities and the economy.
Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life

Tony Buettner
Tony Buettner has first-hand knowledge of the Blue Zones — places that have the greatest life expectancy and where more people reach age 100 than anywhere else in the world. Tony is VP of Business and Product Development for Blue Zones Project and is responsible for taking the Blue Zones’ lessons to 39 communities in 9 states, impacting over 2 million people’s health across the United States. Using National Geographic photography and a dynamic, storytelling delivery, Tony will take you to these longest-lived cultures, sharing his observations from the field, and will provide you with ideas to immediately increase your own healthy longevity and well-being.
Symposium Welcome address

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA
Worker Well-being and High Performance Workplaces: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Kimberly Jinnett, PhD
It is common knowledge that work impacts well-being and there is a large body of evidence supporting this assertion. What is less widely known is the degree to which well-being impacts work. This presentation will review the existing evidence on the importance of employee well-being to business performance and recommend practical steps to help workers, managers, senior leaders and policy makers better connect well-being and work.
Global challenges for safety, health and wellbeing at work – new strategic responses

Mr. Hans-Horst Konkolewsky

The world of work is experiencing dramatic changes due to globalisation, demographic ageing and the emerging digital economy, which bring about new challenges for the safety, health and wellbeing of the workforce.

In addition to the traditional, collective prevention concepts, which mainly have focused on accident risks, more integrated, person centered prevention approaches are needed to reduce negative work related health outcomes, to strengthen employability and prevent exclusion from work.

The ISSA’s three-dimensional prevention approach including risk prevention, health promotion, and rehabilitation provides workers’ compensation systems with practical tools to improve their proactive and preventive capacities in this respect, while a newly launched global Vision Zero campaign aims at motivating businesses to build a strong workplace prevention culture based on a roadmap with 7 golden rules.

What Science Can Tell Us about Living Well: Lessons from an 80-Year Longitudinal Study

Robert Waldinger, MD
What happens to people as they go through life? Ever wonder what it would be like to be able to look at people’s entire adult lives? Not asking older people to remember, but actually starting with them as teenagers and tracking their health and well-being until they die? The Harvard Study of Adult Development is one of the longest studies of adult life ever done. It has tracked the lives of 724 men for 80 years from the time they were teenagers into old age. This talk reviews some of the most important lessons learned from the study, and some of the implications for how we find happiness and fulfillment in our lives today.