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2012 Conference Program 7th Joint EU/US Conference on Occupational Safety and Health
2012 EU/US Conference Program
Crowne Plaza Hotel:
Rue Gineste 3 Brussels (BE)
11 – 13 July 2012

WEDNESDAY, July 11
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast meeting (EU/US Steering Committee,
Chairs and Scribes)
Room Infinity (2nd floor)
8:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Opening Plenary Session
Crowne Plaza Ballroom (Ground floor)
Conference moderator Antonio Cammarota, Principal Administrator, Health, Safety and Hygiene at Work (EMPL B3)
WELCOME ADDRESSES
9:15 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. EU – Mr. Koos Richelle
Director General Employment, Social Affairs and
Inclusion, European Commission
9:25 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. US – Mr. William E. Kennard
US Ambassador to the European Union
9:35 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EU Presidency of the Council –
Mr. Leandros Nicolaides,
Director, Department of Labour Inspection,
Nicosia, Cyprus
9:45 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. US – Mr. William Wiatrowski
Associate Commissioner for Compensation and
Working Conditions,
Bureau of Labour Statistics, (BLS),
US Department of Labour
9:55 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. EU – Labour
Mr. Laurent Vogel
The European Trade Union Institute for Research,
Education and Health & Safe
10:05 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. US – Labour
Mr. Michael J. Wright
Director, Health and Safety and Environment
Department
United Steelworkers of America
10:15 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. EU – Industry
Mr. Kris De Meester
Business Europe
10:25 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. US – Industry
Mr. Joseph Van Houten,
Senior Director of Worldwide Environment, Health
and Safety, Johnson and Johnson
10:35 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Presentation on EU/US Collaboration on the OSH Wiki
Coffee break: 11.00 a.m. - 11.25 a.m.

KEYNOTES ADDRESSES
11:25 a.m. EU – Mr. Armindo Silva,
Director, Employment, Social Legislation and Social
Dialogue, European Commission (DG EMPL B)
11:45 a.m. US – Mr. David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Plenary Session introduction of Workshops
Crowne Plaza Ballroom (Ground floor)
1:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.                Concurrent Workgroup Sessions
Crowne Plaza Ballroom (Ground floor), Rooms Harmony, Exploration and Evasion (1st floor)
Coffee break: 4:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. US Delegates Caucus
Room Harmony (2nd floor)
  EU Delegates Caucus
Room Exploration (1st floor)
7:30 p.m. Formal Dinner
"Château de Grand-Bigard"

THURSDAY, July 12
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast meeting (US/EU Steering Committee,
Chairs and Scribes)
Room Infinity (2nd floor)
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Plenary Session (Theme Setting)
Crowne Plaza Ballroom (Ground floor)
9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.              Concurrent Workgroup Sessions
Crowne Plaza Ballroom (Ground floor), Rooms Harmony, Exploration and Evasion (1st floor)
  Special Session:
OSH Statistics - Exchange of experience on Injury
and Illness Reports

Room Inspiration (1st floor)
Coffee break: 10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.               Concurrent Workgroup Sessions
Crowne Plaza Ballroom (Ground floor), Rooms Harmony, Exploration and Evasion (1st floor)
  Special Session:
OSH Statistics - Exchange of experience on Injury
and Illness Reports

Room Inspiration (1st floor)
Coffee break: 4:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. US Delegates Caucus
Room Harmony (2nd floor)

EU Delegates Caucus
Room Exploration (1st floor)
7:30 p.m. Informal dinner at the Hotel Crowne Plaza
FRIDAY, July 13
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast meeting (US/EU Steering Committee,
Chairs and Scribes)
Room Infinity (2nd floor)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.              Concurrent Workgroup Sessions
Crowne Plaza Ballroom (Ground floor), Rooms Harmony, Exploration and Evasion (1st floor)
Coffee break: 10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Closing Plenary
Ballroom (Ground floor)

Presentation of Findings
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Special Session:
OSH Statistics
Exchange of experience on Injury and Illness Reports


Chair US: Mr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, OSHA

Co-Chair EU: Mr. Armindo Silva, Director, (DG EMPL B)

Scribe: Ms. Miriam Schoenbaum
Statistician
Directorate of Evaluation and Analysis
Office of Statistical Analysis, OSH Administration
Presentation of Topic Reports
Ballroom (Ground floor)
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Topic I:
Nanotechnology at the workplace
Nanotechnology in the Workplace - Draft [DOCX]
Nanotechnology Summary [PPTX]

Chair EU: Mr. Wim van Veelen,
FNV, The Netherlands (Labour)

Co-chair US: Mr. Paul Schulte,
Director, Education and Information Division,
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (GOV)

Scribe US: Ms. Janet Carter,
Health Scientist, Directorate of Standards and Guidance,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (GOV)
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Topic II:
OELs for chemical substances

Chair US: Ms. Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (GOV)

Co-chair EU: Mr. Herbert Bender
BASF AG, Germany (Industry)

Scribe EU: Mr. Hugh Robertson
Health and Safety Trades Union Congress, UK (Labour)
2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Topic III:
OSH in a Green economy
Health and Safety in the New Green Economy: meeting the challenge of major change [DOC]
OSH in a Green Economy [PPTX]

Chair EU: Mr Colin Connor
Head of Energy Unit
Health and Safety Executive, UK (Labour)

Co-chair US: Mr Sanji Kanth
Safety Engineer, Directorate of Enforcement Programs,
Office of General Industry Enforcement
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (GOV)

Scribe US: Ms Leslie Nickels
Senior Science and Technical Advisor, Communication
And Research Translation Office, and Office of Global
Collaborations, National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health (GOV)
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Topic IV:
Prevention of Catastrophic accidents

Chair US: Mr Michael 3. Wright
Director, Health and Safety and Environment Department
United Steelworkers of America (Labour)

Co-chair EU: Mr. Erik van Gils
Principal adviser, Head of the Chemical Risks Inspection Division,
Belgium (GOV)
Scribe EU: tbc
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m Questions and answers
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Closing remarks
EU – Mr. Armindo Silva
Director, Employment, Social Legislation and Social Dialogue,
European Commission (DG EMPL B)

US – Ms. Margaret Seminario
Director, Department of Safety and Health,
American Federation of Labour
Congress of Industrial Organizations
Farewell drink
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EU/US Steering Committee Meeting

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