7 Golden Rules – for zero accidents and healthy work, a guide for employers and managers

This ‘Vision Zero Guide’ has been prepared by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and its Special Commission on Prevention. Vision Zero takes a transformational approach to prevention that integrates three dimensions of safety, health and well-being at all levels of work.

Vision Zero is a flexible conceptual guide that can be adjusted to suite a specific safety, health or well-being priority in several given contexts. It is suggested that, thanks to this versatility, Vision Zero is beneficial to any workplace, enterprise or industry in all regions of the world.

To support employers and managers to continuously improve the health and safety conditions in their enterprise in line with ‘Vision Zero’. The ISSA developed this management tool to encourage growth of a strong safety and health culture in this country.

Vision Zero was based on comprehensive research of the most effective preventative measures. To amass this data, over 1,000 people from various professional industries were asked about the best health and safety practices that they use. As a result, this practical and effective Vision Zero Guide has been created, structured around ‘7 golden rules’.

The 7 Golden Rules for Vision Zero are:

1. Take Leadership – demonstrate commitment

2. Identify Hazards – control risks

3. Define Targets – develop programmes

4. Ensure a Safe and Healthy System –  be well-organized

5. Ensure Health and Safety in Machines, Equipment and Workplaces

6. Improve Qualifications – develop competence

7. Invest in People – motivate by participation.

Each rule has a brief overview followed by a series of principles and supported by a simple checklist. The aim is for the reader to quickly measure which of the 7 Golden Rules already are implemented in the enterprise, where there is room for improvement or whether corrective action is needed.

The guide can be found here.