This year annual meeting of ETPIS has been organized together with the General Assembly of EU-VRi and was accompanied by a Brokerage Event and a Cross-ETP Event.
All events EU-VRi and ETPIS were hosted by the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.

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. ETPIS 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, the European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS) has been recognized as a cross-ETP which means that it has to work with all industry sectors.

This Cross-ETP event has been organized in order to stimulate exchanges between the platforms dealing with industrial safety issues.
Each ETP representative had the opportunity to present the main challenges that they are addressing as well as the potential synergies with ETPIS.

Several commun issues were identified and will be further investigated such as: serious games, holistic approach, smart factory, big data, human factors, etc.

Active agenda

The abstracts can be downloaded in the active agenda hereunder. 


09:30 – 10:00

Welcome and opening (Chair: Olivier Salvi)



Welcome addresses by

O. Salvi (ETPIS) and S. Mortier (European Commission)

Presentation of the survey/consultation results on the cooperation among
ETPs and initiatives on aspects of safety, security and risk management,
A. Jovanovic (EU-VRi)


10:00 – 11:20

H2020 research priorities from DIFFERENT INDUSTRIAL SECTORS
(Chair: Henk Vanhoutte)



Priorities of the CRO Forum & Insurance Industry,

R. Schneider (Swiss Re)


Priorities of the Control and Inspection sector,

D. Nieuwenhuis (CEOC)


Priorities of the Safety Technologies sector,

H. Vanhoutte (ESF)


Priorities of the Process Industry,

T. Reindrop (EPSC)


Biogas safety across Europe,

A. Przadka (EBA)


Priorities of the PEROSH,

D. Treutlein (PEROSH)



11:20 – 12:00



12:00 – 13:15

Safety, security & risk management challenges faced by European Research Initiatives (Chair: Theo Reindrop)



Priorities of EuMaT,

M. Basista (KMM-VIN)


Priorities of MANUFUTURE and EFFRA,

A. Junai (TNO)


Priorities of ECTP and E2B,

L. Bourdeau (CSTB)


Priorities of IMG-S: Integration of safety & security,

J-C. de Miscault (Chairman IMG-S TA6)


Priority map related to the aging and resilience of critical infrastructures:

results of the SafeLife-X project,

H. Wenzel (VCE)



13:15 – 14:30

Lunch Break


14:30 – 16:00

Perspectives for joint activities (Chair: Aleksandar Jovanovic)

14:30 – 15:20


Standardization opportunities,

A. Gulacsi (CEN/CENELEC)


Radar for emerging risks and the European Common House Industrial Safety,

A. Jovanovic (EU-VRi)


Reporting industrial safety performance for greater societal acceptance,

T. Schalenbourg (Toyota Material Handling)


Risk Governance and policies for the sustainable exploration of Atlantic:

towards an European wide network and international cooperation,

M. Heitor (Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+)


Education and Training,

U. Weis (Chairman of the German ISO 31000 Committee)

15:20 – 16:00


Final Discussion: Setting the “Top 10” priorities and selecting the key

cross-cutting topics for future cross-platform collaboration,

O. Salvi (ETPIS)





The 9th Product Stewardship Award of ESIG

ESIG celebrated the 9th Product Stewardship Award at the European Commission in Brussels as part of the EU-VRi and ETPIS events.

In her speech, jury member Brenda O’Brien from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), underlined that the two winners, Oleotecnica S.p.A. from Italy and Aug. Hedinger GmbH & Co. KG. from  Germany, were honoured for their outstanding commitment to responsible and ethical management of the health, safety and environmental aspects of solvents throughout their life-cycle.
In particular, Hedinger impressed the jury with the excellent management of its pharmaceutical solvents supply chain, while Oleotecnica was rewarded for its long-term commitment to lowering its environmental impact.

The prize was created in 1999 and is part of the chemical industry’s global commitment to responsible care. It highlights innovative ways of achieving health, safety and environmental improvements in the handling, storage, use and transport of solvents.