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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.

The 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.

SafeFuture 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.

SafeFuture 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, sustainable energies…

It 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 nanomaterials…
  • 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 competitive market…