« It has been almost one year since I took over the responsibilities as Chairman of the Scientific Steering Group (SSG) and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the researchers within the PEROSH network for their hard work in the delivery of a world-class portfolio of PEROSH projects.
The German Federal Institute for OSH (BAuA) kindly hosted the last SSG in Berlin in October 2013 and it is with great pleasure that the SSG will meet again at the Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board (AUVA) in April 2014. The SSG recently reviewed all the projects of the PEROSH portfolio and we were very keen to hear more details about the work being delivered by the current projects and also about new project proposals.
Eight research projects are currently being conducted jointly by the 12 PEROSH members and will continue for the next two to three years (Clearinghouse database, Survey Development and Cross Culture methodology, Ageing, Respiratory protective equipment, Well-being at work, Nano exposure database). Some of them are also finalizing peer reviewed publications and researchers will also meet to discuss the further steps for the continuation of the projects.
Thanks to the outstanding collaboration of the researchers, other PEROSH projects (Safety Culture and vision zero accidents, Measurement of dustiness of bulk nanomaterials, Regulatory testing of nanomaterials) have recently obtained important external funding which will foster the PEROSH collaboration on these important OSH issues.
During the last SSG, I was also very pleased to see the strong willingness among the PEROSH institutes to collaborate on 4 new OSH issues with new project proposals currently under discussion which will aim to:
– Strengthen the network’s capacity of forecasting future research priorities.
– Share information on the integration of ambient intelligence solutions for safety and health.
– Generate a common framework for technical measures of physical work demands and physical activity.
– Broaden the application of Health Impact Assessment models for Occupational Respiratory Diseases.
On behalf of the SSG I would like to thank all the researchers member within the PEROSH network for their commitment to delivering high quality research for the PEROSH network for the last ten years, and I look forward to hearing about their continuing contribution to our projects in support of our efforts to make Europe a healthier and safer place to work.”
Professor Andrew Curran (HSL)
Scientific Chairman of PEROSH