Reduction and control of hazards in emerging technologies, London

19 September, 2017 | 17:30 - 20:30

Finding ways of reducing the hazards in new technology.
Finding ways of reducing the hazards in new technology.

About this event

New technologies are developed and brought into highly competitive markets where time pressures are a key factor. The same markets rightly expect very high levels of safety in these products. This brings a potential tension where products are being developed whilst the understanding of some associated hazards may not be fully complete.

This event will examine the issues around the reduction and control of hazards in emerging technologies with industry leading expert insights provided across the rapidly developing fields of nuclear safety, healthcare and ergonomics.

Event materials

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Chair: Professor Andrew Curran BSc PhD FRSB FCMI Hon FFOM

Andrew Curran

Professor Andrew Curran is the Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research at the Health and Safety Executive. He has responsibility for the professional leadership of 850 scientists, engineers and physicians, and for development and delivery of HSE's science strategy.

He has oversight of HSE's Scientific Advisory Committee on Workplace Health (WHEC), is the Chair of the Sheffield Group (global network of national health and safety research organisations), a member of the Steering Group of PEROSH (Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health) and a Board Member of ICOH (International Commission for Occupational Health).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and the Chartered management Institute, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (UK). He is an Honorary Professor at two leading UK Universities, Sheffield and Manchester.

Hugh Stephenson, Corporate Risk Associates

Hugh Stephenson

Hugh Stephenson (Principal Consultant, CRA) graduated from Kingston University with a first class Hons degree in Automotive Engineering Design. He has been part of the team at CRA for over 11 years, specialising in Nuclear safety and risk, and is now a highly respected Principal Consultant and business lead for the company's Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) Service.

Recently, Hugh has been involved in a range of projects related to Control and Instrumentation (C&I) for both existing and new NPPs. These projects have focussed particularly on C&I reliability and how C&I is currently modelled in PSA, exploring the ways in which this could be refined to improve insights and aid risk informed decision making. Hugh has also been involved in the testing of Risk Spectrum PSA software and regularly delivers training on PSA to current clients, to raise awareness of its uses, benefits and limitations.

Richard Simcock, Teva Pharmaceuticals

Richard Simcock

Richard has worked in the field of human factors for around 20 years, he is a registered member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) who has worked primarily in high hazard industries including nuclear fuel reprocessing and decommissioning. Richard works in the areas of human reliability, use-related risk assessment, user-interface design and safety case production. Richard has recently moved into a completely new sector; working in the area of usability and human factors of medical devices and combination products.

Mat Birtles, HSL

Mat Birtles

Matthew is a Principal Ergonomist and has worked in HSL for 16 years, and has been practicing ergonomics for over 20 years. Work at HSL has spanned various industry sectors, such as steel industry, fairground ride safety, food production, railway and train cabin design, manufacturing, construction and ergonomics in health care.

Matt has authored and delivers training for HSE and the general public on MSD assessment and ergonomics; was part of the ART tool development team; and has developed ergonomics good practice guidance for numerous industries sectors on behalf of HSE. Matt has particular interest in the design of fit for purpose ergonomic solutions to workplace problems and currently leads the HSL ergonomics consultancy services.