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Evolution or Revolution? The Future is Now !
The Cyprus Association of Civil Engineers (CYACE / ΣΠΟΛΜΗΚ) was founded in 1992, has currently 2000 members and it is the professional organisation of the Civil Engineers in Cyprus. It is the official representative of Civil Engineers in all the organisations in Cyprus, in Europe and in all international organisations.
The main objectives of the Association include the protection and safeguarding of the profession of Civil Engineering, the promotion and development of in Civil Engineering science in Cyprus and upgrading the validity of the profession of Civil Engineers.
Other objectives of the Association include the improvement of the services standard offered by Civil Engineers, the training and awareness of Civil Engineers in scientific and other issues that concern them, the intervention and contribution in issues related to science and the profession of Civil Engineering as well as the training and informing the public on matters relating to health and safety, safety of structures, advice and more.
The activities of the Association include active participation in the Technical and Scientific Chamber of Cyprus which is the institutional body regulating all the engineering profession, in other various organizations and committees in Cyprus as well as in Europe and international organizations, organization of training programs, international conferences organization of educational visits at construction sites and other activities for its members as well as other professionals in the construction industry.
CYACE is member of the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE), European Civil Engineering Education & Training Association (EUCEET), European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI), International Safety and Health Construction Coordinators Organization (ISHCCO), World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE), International Federation of Structural Concrete (fib), International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and Cyprus Civil Engineers and Architects Association (CCEAA).
The Cyprus Association of Civil Engineers, after the successful organization of six International Conferences on Construction Safety and Health since 2009, organizes the Seventh International Construction Safety and Health Conference and Exhibition of Equipment and Services on “Vision Zero: Evolution or Revolution. The Future is Now!".
The Conference will be held in co-organisation with the German Institute for Social Security and Accident Prevention in Construction Sector (BG BAU) and the support of the International Social Security Association, Construction Sector (ISSA C).
The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is the principal international institution bringing together social security agencies and organizations. The ISSA’s aim is to promote dynamic social security as the social dimension in a globalising world by supporting excellence in social security administration. Prevention has been on the ISSA’s agenda since its creation in 1927. Bringing together social security and prevention experts from over 320 social security institutions in more than 160 countries, the ISSA offers a global platform and a unique network for all those in social security that are concerned with the health of workers.
The ISSA has its headquarters at the International Labour Office, in Geneva. Beyond the traditional focus on occupational safety and health, the ISSA supports social security policies that foster preventive approaches to protect and promote workers’ health and employment in all branches of social security. The ISSA provides access to information, expert advice, business standards, practical guidelines and platforms for members to build and promote dynamic social security systems worldwide.
The vision of dynamic social security provides a framework for the ISSA’s action. It refers to social security systems that are accessible, sustainable, adequate, socially inclusive and economically productive, and that are based on performing, well governed, proactive and innovative social security institutions. The ISSA promotes investments in workers’ health, by providing good practice information, research, expert advice and platforms for members and other stakeholders to exchange on innovation in workplace health promotion, active employment policies, rehabilitation and reintegration. To implement a range of projects and activities, the ISSA Secretariat works closely with its Technical Commissions, and the Special Commission on Prevention and its unique network of International Prevention Sections.
To learn more about the Special Commission and its Sections, visit https://ww1.issa.int/prevention-sections
The Berufsgenossenschaften (BGs) – the German institutions for statutory accident insurance and prevention – are a part of the German social security system. Their statutory tasks include:
prevention of occupational accidents, occupational diseases and work-related health hazards;
restoration of health and working capacity (rehabilitation/participation);
- financial compensation (for example in the form of pensions).
These services provide employees with comprehensive protection and a high standard of social security.
Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft – BG BAU is one of the non-profit statutory accident insurance and prevention institutions, and is responsible for occupational safety and health in the building and construction industry. It is a corporation under public law and the supervision lies with the state.
BG BAU is financed entirely by contributions made by the employers in the construction industry and provides a comprehensive service: Prevention • Rehabilitation • Accident insurance.
BG BAU assumes responsibility for financial security of workers following workplace and commuting accidents and in cases of occupational disease.
In order to prevent occupational accidents, occupational diseases and work-related health hazards from arising in the first place BG BAU promotes safe and healthy working practices. Activities such as workplace inspections, improvement of working equipment through involvement in research, standardisation, testing and certification, specific training and consulting services, and preventive medical examinations all contribute to making working conditions safe. The principle of our work is: Prevention before Compensation.
Should, despite all care taken to ensure safety and health, an accident or occupational disease occur, medical treatment and rehabilitation measures will be ensured, or a pension may be paid to the insured person. The principle followed by BG BAU is: Rehabilitation before pensions.