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The 7th international conference of took place in Scotland, UK on 30 September - 03 October 2014.

Bridge over harbour by night

Over 140 health and safety researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners came together from 27 different countries to share ideas, successes, good practice and to network. 

We would like to thank everyone who attended and made the event such a great success, in particular our eight keynote speakers and all the abstract presenters. We hope you enjoyed the conference as much as we did!

On this page you'll be able to view and download the keynote presentations and those technical session presentations that weren't included in delegate packs. A selection of photos taken at the event are also available.


 Graeme Collinson  

Graeme Collinson - Chair, IOSH Research Committee / Government Office for Science, UK

Improving the health and safety of workers - the crucial role of research

 Paul Haxell  

Paul Haxell - Bovis Homes, UK

When two worlds collide

 Kirsten Jorgensen  

Kirsten Jørgensen - Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Prevention of the many simple accidents which have major consequences

 Jean-Christophe Le Coze  

Jean-Christophe Le Coze - INERIS, France

Normal accidents, 1984-2014. Was Charles Perrow right for the wrong reasons?

 Joy Oh  

Joy Oh - Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, The Netherlands

The power of the regulator: can the regulator play a role in the development of health and safety science and the health and safety profession?

 Harry Shannon  

Harry Shannon - McMaster University, Canada

The place of evaluations in workplace safety: what can we really achieve?

 Adrian Suarez

Adrian Suarez - European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Foresight of new and emerging occupational safety and health (OSH) risks associated with new technologies in green jobs

 Bob Wears  

Bob Wears - University of Florida / Imperial College London

Improving safety by enhancing resilience

Technical session presentations (not included in conference pack USB):

TS1.5: Designing an individual risk assessment tool based on registration data * Peter Berkhout, RIGO, Netherlands

TS2.1: Regulating the intangible. Safety culture and regulation in the Norwegian petroleum industry * Stian Antonsen, SINTEF Technology and Society, Norway

TS3.5: Integrating occupational health and safety within sustainability on a major construction roll-out programme * Stephen Coppin, Rider Levett Bucknall UK Ltd, UK

TS4.1: When things go right - what can we learn from the safe construction of the London 2012 Olympic Park? * Patrick Waterman, Alistair Gibb and Roger Haslam, Loughborough University, UK

TS5:2: Why are workers dying in the Brazilian electrical sector? * Jose Marcal Jackson Filho, Fundacentro and Rodolfo Vilela, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

TS6.1: Cultural readjustment after disasters: "purification rituals" as barriers to learning * Stian Antonsen, SINTEF Technology and Society, Norway

TS6.2: Assessing occupational risk in the Netherlands * Olga Aneziris, NCSR "DEMOKRITOS", Greece

TS7.3: The use of a professional code of conduct as a learning resource * Shaun Lundy, University of Greenwich and Tim Briggs, Leeds Metropolitan University

TS7.4: Ethnical challenges of the occupational safety technician * Vanessa Coutinho, ULHT Lisbon, Portugal

TS9.5: Using safety knowledge - how predictable are accidents and where does competence fit in? Martijn Mud, RPS Ltd, Netherlands

TS11.5: Safety and health at work as a factor of competitiveness of organisations * Miguel Corticeiro Neves, ISLA Leiria, Portugal

TS12.5: The effect of working conditions and safety climate on the impact of personality on injury involvement. A longitudinal study in two male dominated occupations * Kent Nielsen, Herning Regional Hospital, Denmark

TS14.1: Risk assessment in a nuclear medicine department * Rita Canotilho de Almeida, ISLA Leiria, Portugal

TS14.2: Patient safety in integrated care * Trond Kongsvik, NTNU Social Research, Norway

TS15.1: Statistics of accidents in the Portuguese elderly populations: a short review * Antonio Ribeiro, ISLA Leiria, Portugal

TS16.1: Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015 update! Impact and opportunities of the potential changes * Stephen Coppin, Rider Levett Bucknall UK Ltd, UK

TS16.4: The challenge of harmonising regulations * Anita Moen, University of Stavanger, Norway

Please note if a presentation does not appear here then it was either on the USB that was included in delegate packs or the author has asked us not to include it or we have not been able to obtain a copy of the presentation.

View a selection of photos from the conference

WOS 2015, Porto

Working on Safety 2015 logoThe 8th international conference was hosted by the University of Minho, in Portugal.

It took place on 23 to 25 September 2015 at the Sheraton Porto Hotel and Spa.

See for further details.