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COSH2020 THEME: OSH UNITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

The 35th Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization Conference and Annual General Meeting (APOSHO 35) will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 9th to 12th August, 2020. For the first time, the premier regional event will be held concurrently with the 23rd Conference and Exhibition on Occupational Safety and Health (COSH2020) and the Scientific Conference on Occupational Safety and Health (SciCOSH), which are among the most prominent events for OSH practitioners in Malaysia.

With a common theme -"OSH UNITY AND SUSTAINABILITY"- chosen for the concurrent events, APOSHO 35, COSH2020 and SciCOSH offer an excellent platform for professionals, policy makers and government officials to exchange ideas, share experiences and initiatives that could help strengthen cooperation at the national, regional and global levels.

The theme supports various efforts which emphasise on the prevention of accidents and workers' illness through social dialogues and 'tripartite' strength comprising the government, employers and workers.

International cooperation is also important as it could help improve the standard of OSH, in line with the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) global strategy to improve OSH through regional and global networks. By taking stock, analysing and sharing experience on OSH knowledge and information development and networking efforts, the ILO wishes to impulse a renewed global knowledge and information sharing dynamic and contribute towards connecting institutions and people with knowledge.

As for sustainability, although there are many worker issues embedded within such a concept, there is an urgent need to reimagine approaches to protect workers and raise new issues to explore opportunities for innovation.

New strategies are needed to ensure the safety of workers and there is much untapped potential to leverage other movements to advance OSH. In the end, employers are only truly sustainable when they ensure that the safety, health, and welfare of their workers are being safeguarded while OSH standards could be increased further by strengthening local and international networks.