Workingonsafety.net is an international network of decision-makers, researchers and professionals responsible for the prevention of accidents at work and organized the 6th Working on Safety Conference in Sopot (Poland), on September 11-14th, 2012.
The network seeks to bring accident prevention experts together in order to facilitate the exchange of information and experience between different countries and sectors. The Working on Safety network attracts researchers, regulators, inspection bodies, safety professionals and other experts in this field of research and policy-making. It consists of an Internet platform (www.workingonsafety.net) and a biannual conference.
The programme of the event is avalaible here.
ETPIS is a partner of this event, and Olivier Salvi, ETPIS Secretary General attended this conference and presented the SafeFuture initiative (presentation).
Abstract of the presentation:
Industrial Safety constitutes a
cross-cutting field of knowledge which provides an important added value
in all European industry sectors, especially with the aim to develop sustainable technologies and products.
Safety, security and sustainability are considered as key factors for
successful business and an inherent element of business performance.
European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety has structured its
contribution to support the EU2020 Strategy with the SafeFuture
initiative, focusing on the sustainability and competitiveness targets
of the European Union.
aims at improving the competitiveness of European industry and
generating knowledge in industrial safety to ensure its transformation
from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive base, by creating
step changes through research and implementing decisive knowledge for
new applications at the crossroads between different technologies and
disciplines. This will benefit both new, high-tech industries and
higher-value, knowledge-based traditional industries, with a special
focus on the appropriate dissemination of RTD results to SMEs.
has been developed with a top-down approach, taking into account the
top priorities expressed by ETPIS High Level Group gathering
representatives from several industry sectors (energy, construction,
manufacturing, chemical, and (re-)insurance) and focusing on the EU
Grand Challenges such as the climate change, greening of transport,
is described in an introduction document presenting the general
approach and in a Strategic Research Agenda 2020, which is being
elaborated through a collaborative work. The SRA 2020 will be used to
input the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission.
SafeFuture initiative is structured around 4 pillars:
- Safe Infrastructure,
to address e.g.: life extension of process plants, transport
infrastructures, power plants, off-shore platforms…; intensification of
Natural catastrophes due to climate change; design and monitoring for
long term operation for Carbon Capture and Storage; protection and
security of critical infrastructures…
- Safe Energy,
to address e.g.: safety of the use of new energy carriers for vehicles
(FEV, fuel cells, CNG, biofuels…); safety for the green energy
technologies (wind mills, photovoltaic panels, concentrating solar power
(CSP)…); making the underground transport infrastructure compatible
with the new energy carriers; combining pan European transport
infrastructures and smart high power electricity grids…
- Safe Products and Production,
to address e.g.: development of the European Factory of the Future, by
managing emerging risks through new integrated solutions (safety
systems, advanced personal protective equipments, new organizational
models, ergonomics, etc.); enabling higher productivity under better
workplaces; safety for the green jobs; safe production and use of
- Transversal issues,
to solve existing challenges for sustainable integration, interaction
and risk governance such as: difficulties in putting together different
risk mitigation policies and ensuring their compatibility (Risk-Risk
trade-offs), Multi-risk and interdependencies of risks in a global
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