Keynote Speakers

George Boustras
European University Cyprus, Cyprus

Challenges to employment and the work environment in the covid-19 era; a safety perspective
(to be confirmed)

George is Professor in Risk Assessment at European University Cyprus, Director of the Centre of Risk and Decision Sciences (CERIDES). He is an Advisor for Natural Catastrophes to HE the President of the Republic of Cyprus.
He sat at the Management Committee of Secure Societies – Protecting Freedom and Security of Europe and its citizens of “HORIZON 2020”. George was a Member of the Socio Economic Assessment Committee (SEAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for 6 years. He has consulted extensively the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and he has worked as a Consultant for the World Bank.
George is Editor-in-Chief of Safety Science (Elsevier) and Member of the Editorial Board of Fire Technology (Springer), the International Journal of Emergency Management and International Journal οf Critical Infrastructure (both Inderscience). He (co-)supervises 7 PhD students.

Jop Groeneweg

Leiden University, The Netherlands

Implications of COVID-19 on workers’ safety
(to be confirmed)

Jop Groeneweg is a human factor specialist at Leiden University with more than 30 years experience in a range of industries. He started his career investigating causes and backgrounds of marine accidents. In the mid-eighties his field of interest moved to the petrochemical industry where he was involved in a project aimed at giving the Royal Dutch Shell plc safety performance new momentum. A research team including Manchester and Aberdeen Universities together with Shell developed a range of tools were that are now main stream in the industry (e.g. Tripod, the Hearts & Minds tools, the Life-Saving Rules). More recently he was involved in a project together with the Dutch Research Institute TNO aimed at developing a process approach to Learning from Incidents. Many organisations could prevent so-called recurrent accidents if the would effectively implement the lessons from incidents. This is not a matter of buying a better investigation method but requires management of the process staring with reporting the incident to measuring the effect of the interventions. His latest research involves transferring knowledge for the petrochemical domain into health care and vice versa. Patient safety is an area where much can be gained using the tools developed in the oil and gas world while the experience of hospitals to deal with complex organizational settings could benefit the rest of the industry. As an advisor he helps organisations to identify the strong and weak points in the way they manage safety and helps them to structure their efforts in a more efficient and effective way to improve safety.

Paolo Bragatto
INAIL, Italy

Do Industry 4.0 technologies make the workplace safer?
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Paolo has 40 years of professional and scientific career dedicated to the safety of technology and the technology for safety. After the graduation in Applied Physics he spent ten years in Industry, then he has served for 25 years in a national public body and carried out many researches, always in close contact with the industrial world, which he knows well, having always carried out, in tight synergy with scientific activity, inspections at major accident hazard establishments (Seveso). He has promoted and coordinated some 30 national and international scientific projects, publishing over 80 papers in scientific journals. Covered topics include equipment ageing and safe life extension, prevention of chemical accident, safety management system, soft computing for safety, near misses and technological innovation for occupational and process safety. He is, furthermore, an inventor, with a patent on crane safety. He is author of a few scientific books in Italian, editor of a book series on safety research, as well as member of many scientific committee of national and international conferences and referee for international research calls. He contributes to transfer research results into safety regulation, as member of national committees for the prevention of major accidents at the Ministry of Environment and at the Italian Standard Organization. He is chairperson of the SAFERA consortium for European research on industrial safety, which connects 21 funding bodies from 10 different countries and since 2014 has promoted annual calls for transnational projects on emerging topics.

Rhona Flin

Robert Gordon University, Scotland

Non-Technical Skills for a Technological World
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Rhona Flin is Professor of Industrial Psychology, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Aberdeen. She is an elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has served on Expert Groups on Patient Safety for the World Health Organization and was a member of the Safety Advisory Committee for the Military Aviation Authority of the UK Ministry of Defence. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Human Factors Technical Section, a member of the Board of Step Change in Safety and a Trustee of the Clinical Human Factors Group.
Her research examines human performance in high risk work settings, such as healthcare, aviation, emergency services and the energy industries, with studies focusing on leadership, safety culture, team skills and cognitive skills. Current projects include mindfulness and offshore safety (with University of Houston, funded by NASEM) and psychological factors in the adoption of new technologies (funded by OGTC). Her books include Sitting in the Hot Seat; Leaders and Teams for Critical Incident Management (1996); Safety at the Sharp End: A Guide to Non-Technical Skills (2008, with O’Connor & Crichton) and Enhancing Surgical Performance: A Primer on Non-Technical Skills (2015, with Yule & Youngson).

Ulrike Bollmann

German Social Accident Insurance, Germany

The role of tertiary education in promoting sustainable decent work
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Head of International Cooperation at the Institute for Work and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). After studying education and philosophy, Ulrike worked as a researcher at an Institute for schools and further education, and as a project manager at the West German Trade Council. In 1999, she started working at the IAG of the DGUV. From 2002 to 2004, she was employed as a national detached expert with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in Spain. Ulrike has been the founder and coordinator of the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH) since 2005. In 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2016 she conducted the International Strategy Conference on Safety and Health at Work in Dresden in cooperation with WHO, ILO, ISSA, EU-OSHA, IALI and others. She played a major role in organizing the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2014 in Frankfurt and held a symposium at the XXI World Congress in Singapore in 2017. She was responsible for an empirical study on mainstreaming OSH into education, conducted a joint research project with KOSHA on the development of leading indicators for a culture of prevention and published a book with George Boustras on OSH competences to achieve a culture of prevention. Ulrike is a member of the Editorial Board of Safety Science, a member of the Scientific Committee on Education and Competency Development of OSHAfrica, and member of the Advisory Board of the Erasmus+ project RiskMan.

Do Industry 4.0 technologies make the workplace safer?
We are witnessing a very rapid development of technologies, which are leading to an ever-increasing digitization of many activities. These technologies include IOT, cloud computing, pervasive sensors, wearable computing, robots, cobots, virtual and augmented reality and are the basis of the so-called INDUSTRY 4.0. It promises to make everything easier, faster, more effective, greener and even safer. Many specific solutions to make the working environment safe are already available on the market and many research laboratories are developing newer and newer safety objects. The term "Safety 4.0" is used to describe these solutions. Enthusiasm for technology is fine; but we must be careful not to be so naive as to neglect the many problems that arise anyway. The aim of the present lecture is try to answer a few of these questions, including:
Are applications that exploit new technologies really ready to be used in work environment?
How much is the effect of these technologies where they are already applied? are these technologies sufficient for a leap in the level of security also in the human and organizational aspects?
How should safety management be changed in already well-organized work environments (e.g. chemical industry)?
How technologies impact in less structured work environments (e.g. construction).
How the very concept of “safety at work” changes with the massive entry of technologies into the workplace?

Non-Technical Skills for a Technological World

Analyses of major accidents have revealed that in addition to technical expertise, practitioners also require particular cognitive and social skills (i.e. non-technical skills, NTS) to complement their technical expertise. Core skills include situation awareness, decision making, teamwork and leadership. This approach is now becoming well established as part of the safety management armoury and a range of frameworks have been designed for training and rating the required behaviours. The presentation will describe the current status of NTS applications in different sectors and will discuss recent NTS research, such as the training of mindfulness skills for safety in the offshore oil and gas sector.

Universities as models of good work: integrating decent work and productive employment in higher education institutions

To cope with the economic, ecological and technological challenges, - further intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic -, higher education institutions have to empower young people to act as change agents in business, politics and society. An international consortium, coordinated by the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH) – explores, how issues of decent work, productive employment and / or occupational safety and health are integrated in the campus working environment and into the curricula of higher education institutions. The consortium has adopted United Nations Goal No 8 for sustainable development (SDG 8), which aims to “promote sustainable economic growth, productive employment and decent work for all”. The consortium is acknowledged by ILO as one of the Task Groups of the Global Coalition on Safety and Health at Work. As part of the work program of the Task Group a survey is carried out among tertiary education institutions in Europe and beyond. The higher education sector, with currently over 215 million students and with its target group of future leaders, is expected to have the greatest influence on the integration of decent work and productive employment into education and training, and thus to have a huge impact on making SDG 8 a reality.