On 31 May and 1 June 2017 the Bureau for Analysis of Industrial Risks and Pollution (BARPI), operating within the French Ministry of Environment, organised the 12th seminar on ‘lessons learnt from industrial accidents’ in Lyon, France.
The seminar was attended by over 200 participants representing 24 nationalities. About sixteen recent accidents with a broad variety in cause and nature were presented by experts from France as well from other countries. Root causes, disruption factors, technical, human and organizational factors were discussed during the seminar through lively debates, which explains the success of these seminars.
The General Director for Risk Prevention of BARPI, Mr. Marc Mortureux, underlined in his intervention the importance of the exchange of information on cases as presented during the seminar which will help the inspectors in carrying out their daily work. He also expressed that such seminars need to be organized in the future as well.
Since 1999 IMPEL has been supporting this French project. The exchange of experiences and outcomes of evaluations between European inspectors is crucial for the improvement of the prevention of industrial accidents and the control of risks management.
In his concluding remarks Chris Dijkens, chair of IMPEL, said: IMPEL acknowledges the great work France is doing for so many years on this important topic. We would like to congratulate BARPI with this very successful and outstanding organised event. IMPEL will continue to support this important work in the future.