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SAF€RA, the ERA-NET coordinating industrial safety research in Europe, held its first symposium in Berlin, Germany, on March 10-11, 2014.

Ulrich Panne, President of BAM Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, in opening the symposium pointed to BAM’s mission which is Safety in Technology and Chemistry. Detlef Dauke, General Director of the Division Innovation, IT and Communications Policies of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy welcomed some 75 experts from all across Europe representing in a well balanced distribution industry, research institutions, organizations and authorities. He addressed German government’s interest in industrial safety and pointed strongly to the relevance of research for innovation.

Twenty lectures in four sessions highlighted recent achievements and urgent needs. The topics covered A) New technologies in improving safety, B) Safety culture, C) Comparative performance of different regulation regimes, and D) SAF€RA joint programming.

Nils Rosmüller of TNO, The Netherlands, presented the results of a questionnaire that aimed to make clear what innovations in the transportation domain may appear and in what timeframe, and what the expected safety consequences might be. The preparation for these safety consequences was presented by Helmut Wenzel, VCE-Holding, Austria. In civil engineering good progress is achieved in modelling the behaviour of bridges and identifying associated risks. These findings need to be further developed in other sectors of civil engineering and introduced to standardization. Biogas is increasingly receiving attention as an alternative source of energy. Olivier Guerrini, Gaz de France, provided an integrated approach to deal with new safety and risk perception aspects of biogas production. He focused on the key perspectives in terms of recommendations and additional research to be conducted in order to gain an integrated vision of risks on the field of biogas. In a review, Eric Marsden of the French Foundation for an industrial safety culture pointed to collective learning from incidents and accidents. This was a topic several speakers extended on. It became evident that identical terms have different meanings in different sectors. Here a normative approach is needed. An inspector’s approach to industrial safety was presented by Minna Päivinen of TUKES, the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency. She balanced the roles of the experts, the public and the authorities. She concluded in pointing to the benefit of mutual trust and sharing of good practices, leaving room for challenges coming from varying cultures of multinational companies, and new products and technologies. This led to compare the performance of different regulation regimes. Preben Hempel Lindoe, University of Stavanger, Norway, elaborated on the experience gained from offshore oil and gas operations.
In the last session of the symposium, successful proposals in the first joint SAF€RA call on Human and organizational factors including the value of industrial safety were presented and some early information on the second joint call was provided.

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OPENING CEREMONY

 

Welcome addresses by
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne, President of the BAM Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung
Detlef Dauke, General Director of the Division Innovation, IT and Communications Policies, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Sébastien Mortier, Research Programme Officer, European Commission
Olivier Salvi, General Secretary Cross-European Technology Platform- Initiative on Industrial Safety (ETPIS)
Carita Aschan, SAF€RA Project Coordinator

 


SESSION A

NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN IMPROVING SAFETY
Chairperson: Johan Gort, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO, The Netherlands


 

How to get safety higher on the agenda
Tom Schalenbourg, Toyota Material Handling Europe, Belgium

New technologies for safe transport systems
Nils Rosmuller, The Netherlands Organization for Applied
Scientific Research TNO, The Netherlands

 

 

Safety in civil engineering
Helmut Wenzel, VCE-Holding, Austria

Integrated approach to deal with new safety and risk
perception aspects of biogas production
Olivier Guerrini, Gaz de France, France

 

 

SESSION B

SAFETY CULTURE
Chairperson: Valerio Cozzani, Università di Bologna, Italy


 

Review: Collective learning from incidents
Eric Marsden, Fondation pour une culture de sécurité industrielle, France

 

Experience of inspectors looking at safety culture
Minna Päivinen, Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency Tukes, Finland

 

Experience from the chemical industry
Richard Gowland, European Process Safety Centre, UK

 

Experience Cultural factors in occupational safety and health
Dietmar Elsler, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

 

Cultural factors in maritime accidents
Anne Ala-Pöllänen, University of Helsinki, Finland


 

SESSION C

COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE OF DIFFERENT REGULATION REGIMES
Chairperson: Henk Vanhoutte, European Safety Federation

 

Key Note: Comparison of risk regulation regimes and challenges with
soft law approaches – experience from offshore oil and gas operations

Preben Hempel Lindøe, University of Stavanger, Norway

How can regulators learn?
Supporting standardization for smart textiles

Karin Eufinger, Belgian Textile Research Centre, Belgium

Knowing the ‘state of safety’, practical approaches
for industry and safety authorities

Jakko van Kampen, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO, The Netherlands

GREEN-SAFETY - More than safety for bionanoproducts
Eusebio Gainza Lafuente, Biopraxis Pharmaceutical, Spain

 

SESSION D

SAF€RA JOINT PROGRAMMING

Chairperson: Carita Aschan, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland

 

About SAF€RA and SAF€RA’s 2013 joint call
Human and organizational factors including the value of industrial safety
Carita Aschan/Minna Huuskonen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland

PRESENTATION OF SUCCESSFUL PROPOSALS

  • Value of Safety (VaLoSa)
    Henriikka Ratilainen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
  • Socio Technical safety Assessment within
    Risk Regulation Regimes (STARS)

    Teemu Reiman, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Success in the face of uncertainty: human resilience and
    the accident risk bow-tie

    Linda Bellamy, White Queen BV, The Netherlands
  • Training for Operational Resilience Capabilities (TORC)
    Tor Olav Grøtan, Stiftelsen SINTEF
  • Experience in the process of matching the two project proposals ‘Improving resilience in waste transports’ and ‘Design and
    development of a simulation tool for decision making in
    the management of health and safety based on Resilience
    Engineering, to promote a safety culture change process, in MSW treatment companies (ASSESS-RE-TOOL)’

    Pia Perttula, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland, and Juan Carlos Rubio Romero, Universidad de Málaga, Spain

SAF€RA 2014 joint call on Innovating in safety and safe innovations
Carita Aschan and Minna Huuskonen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland

Future beyond SAF€RA
Olivier Salvi, Cross European Technology Platforms Initiative
on Industrial Safety (ETPIS)

Integrated Health, Safety & Environment (HS&E) Process for continuous
improvement

David S.W. Tjong, Ideal Standard International, Belgium