Information
 
 

The European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS) addresses safety of industrial installations and production systems from various industry sectors: manufacturing, chemical including pharmaceutical, oil and gas, buildings, transport systems and related structural components. It deals with occupational health and safety of the workers in industry, environmental safety, and the prevention of major accidents with off-site consequences. Since July 2013, ETPIS has been recognized as a cross-ETP initiative where safety dimension should be present in all innovations but also in every industrial installation, in every production system, and more generally in the overall environment.

 

The environmental safety which includes Environment and Health topics is currently not so much represented in the working programmes of HOR2020 for the period 2014-2015. In order to promote Environmental Health topics and structure the interested scientific community, ETPIS and INERIS have initiated this workshop addressing Predictive Toxicology and Environmental Exposure where endocrine disrupter compounds substitution related to the REACH Directive will be discussed in the framework of exposome and biomonitoring, for instance.

 

The objectives of the workshop on Environment and Health are to:

·        Share information on various running initiatives

·        Identify new topics of interest

·        Structure a EU platform for the experts interested by the same topics using ETPIS

·        Coordinate the research programming and dissemination activities.

 

If you are interested to participate, please register using the following link by November 15th, 2013:
http://www.industrialsafety-tp.org/Events/default.aspx?reg=1&EventID=6508

 

Agenda: http://www.industrialsafety-tp.org/filehandler.ashx?file=12668

Rational: http://www.industrialsafety-tp.org/filehandler.ashx?file=12738

 
   
 
 
Executive summary
 
 

Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020 (HOR2020) aims to tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for instance, helping innovative companies to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with high commercial potentials. This market-driven approach is fostered by creating partnerships between European private and public sectors, either research and innovation centres, decision-makers and stakeholders.

 

This approach is also developed by the European Technological Platform on Industrial Safety, ETPIS. ETPIS addresses safety of industrial installations and production systems. It deals with occupational health and safety of the workers in industry, environmental safety, and the prevention of major accidents with off-site consequences. Since July 2013, ETPIS has been recognized as a cross-ETP initiative where safety dimension should be present in all innovations but also in every industrial installation, in every production system, and more generally in the overall environment.

 

The environmental safety, which covers Environment and Health (E-H) topics, is only addressed indirectly in the first call of H2020 (period 2014-2015), through cross-cutting topics (in the Health, Demographic Change and Well being societal challenge mainly). In order to promote R&D on Environment & Health topics and to structure the interested stakeholders, ETPIS and INERIS organized this European workshop. About 30 participants from research, industry and the European Commission shared Information on various running projects, research priorities and research initiatives on topics such as endocrine disrupters, exposome approaches, indoor air quality and human biomonitoring.

 

The participants identified a clear need for a common language synthesizing the views of scientists, experts, industry and NGOs on Environment & Health topics. For example, economic and competitive advantages of E-H research through avoidance of Environment & Health costs and through upstream design of more successful -because safer- products should be stressed.

 

A European strategic research agenda is also strongly needed on these topics. It could be elaborated thanks to a multipartite collaborative process gathering the scientific and technological challenges identified by research organizations, industry, policy makers and NGOs.

 

ETPIS appears as a right umbrella for such Environment & Health topics because:

  • it includes scientists, experts and industrials;
  • as a cross-ETPIS initiative on industrial safety, it is strongly linked to sectorial and thematic ETPs and can promote an integrated approach for risk management combining all issues related to the uses of hazardous substances.

Besides, ETPIS can build on its past experience of developing a strategic research agenda for industrial safety.

 

The participants decided to create a ETPIS working group dedicated to Environment & Health topics. The first task of this working group will be to develop a strategic research agenda. This initiative was welcomed by the representatives of the European Commission (DG Environment, DG Research and Innovation - Directorates for Industrial Technologies and for Health). This working group will be open to all stakeholders. Its work will be coordinated by Emmanuel Lemazurier (INERIS). Next steps will be:

  • the redaction of the objectives, and scope of work and roadmap of the working group;
  • the invitation to all interested stakeholders to join this initiative;
  • the collection and selection of main topics through a participative process (survey).

The working group will also explore the possibility of integrating (part of) its activity in a COST initiative on the topic “coordinating research action on Environment & Health”.

 
   
 
 
Active agenda
 
 

Environmental Health in Horizon 2020
building on the Cross-ETP on Industrial Safety

November 27, 2013
Brussels
, Belgium

 

09:30 – 10:00

 

Coffee and Registration

 

10:00 – 10:30

WELCOME ADDRESSES

 

Background of the workshop - Rationale

Olivier Salvi, ETPIS Secretary General

 

Objectives of the workshop

Emmanuel Lemazurier, INERIS

 

 

10:30 – 12:00

NEW INITIATIVES ON ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

 

PPP “REVAL” (Reducing Environmental Inequalities by
Increasing Value of Contaminated Soils) (20 min)

Florence Carré, INERIS

 

IFRES: the French Research Initiative in Environmental
Health (20 min)

Robert Barouki, INSERM

 

Development of a national Public-Private Platform on Endocrine
Disruptors Compounds (20 min)

Philippe Hubert, INERIS and Patrick Levy, UIC

 

Example of the US initiative Tox 21st Century (20 min)

François Busquet and Thomas Hartung, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), a Joint Venture between University of Konstanz and Johns Hopkins University

 

Discussion (Q/A)

 

 

12:00 – 13:00

 

Lunch Break

 

 

13:00 – 14:00

RECENT RESEARCH RESULTS

 

Specific speech on “Exposome approach” (20 min)

Denis Sarigiannis, University of Thessaloniki

 

EXPOFACT and the decision-aid tool on exposure aggregation
(20 min)

Alexandre Zenie, Joint Research Center of the European Commission

 

Human biomonitoring: Status, prospects, and what keeps me
awake at night (20 min)

Roel Smolders, VITO

 

Discussion (Q/A)

 

14:00 – 15:00

SHORT PRESENTATIONS OF IDEAS, TOPICS FOR NEW PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES (5-10 min per participants)

 

Dr Toby Athersuch, Imperial College London (UK)

Leveraging large-scale exposome studies to inform systems biology and personalised healthcare

 

Dr. Pim Leonards, Institute for Environmental Studies,
VU University (NL)

Indoor air and dust as exposure pathway of contaminants to humans
Relationship of Environmental Pollution en human health at low doses

 

Dr. Eusebio Gainza, Praxis Pharma, (SP)

GREEN-SAFETY: more than Safety

 

15:00 – 15:30

 

Coffee Break

 

 

15:30 – 16:30

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS

The panel discussion will address the following questions:

-       How to bundle research activities in the field of environmental health in Horizon 2020, in order to characterize pollutions and reduce the risk impacts?

-       Is ETPIS, as cross-ETPIS initiative on industrial safety, the right umbrella to welcome environmental health topics?

-       Is it relevant to promote an integrated approach for risk management combining all issues related to the uses of hazardous substances?

 

Moderator: Olivier Salvi, ETPIS Secretary General

 

Sébastien Mortier, DG Research and Innovation (main contact for ETPIS)

 

Ronald Albers, TNO and representative of ENERO (European Network of Environmental Research Organisations, www.enero.eu)

 

Thomas Strassburger, European Commission DG Environment

 

Katinka Van Der Jagt, European Commission DG Environment

 

Representative from CEFIC (apologies)

 

 

16:30 – 17:00

 

Wrap-up and closure of the meeting