Acronym: ETPIS
Start date: November 19, 2008
End date: December 31, 2013
Project coordinator: EU-VRi, Mr. Olivier Salvi
Total number of partners: 600
Contact person (name/email): Mr. Olivier Salvi /
Official webpage (coordinator):
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Description: According to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao every three and a half minutes somebody in the EU dies from work-related causes. Of the 150 000 deaths per year, the vast majority are caused by occupational diseases (142 000), while the rest are classified as work-related accidents. Although there has been a marked decrease in the number of serious and fatal accidents over the past years (of respectively 21 % and 24 % between 1998 and 2004 in the EU-25), there are still far too many people suffering accidents at work.

The Major Accident Reporting System from the European Commission records that, approximately 30 Major Accidents happen each year within the industry sectors covered by the Seveso 2 Directive. By definition these accidents have the potential for major consequences to people and the environment.

In addition, new industrial technologies bring new safety challenges that need to be address at an early stage of the design: e.g. the development of nanotechnologies, the extensive use of new energy carriers such as hydrogen, batteries or bio-fuel. They require expertise in risk assessment and management, and knowledge on the hazardous phenomena as well as on the technical and organizational measures to control the risk.

The cost of accidents and occupational diseases occurring in the industry in the EU ranges between 2.6% to 3.8% of Gross National Product. This cost must ultimately be included in production costs and consequently increases the cost of sales, reducing the industry competitiveness.

The European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS) has brought together all relevant stakeholders (i.e. from industry, unions, authorities, NGOs, banks, insurance and research) to further improve industrial safety and thus the competitiveness of the European industry, by supporting safe technological innovation and exploiting/implementing results of research and innovative methods within industry.