Ensuring industrial safety conference opens in Vienna

Ensuring industrial safety conference opens in Vienna

VIENNA, 30 May 2019 – The International Conference ‘Ensuring Industrial Safety: the role of governments, regulations, standards and new technologies’, which is co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Rostechnadzor, the Russian Federation’s supervisory body on ecological, technological, and nuclear issues, started its deliberations today at the Vienna International Centre.

“We need a global organization able to conduct discussions and develop common approaches as well as their subsequent application to address the whole range of challenges in the field of ensuring the sustainability of industrial development”, said Mikhail Ulyanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in Vienna during the opening ceremony. “It’s UNIDO, a global forum dedicated to industrial development”.

UNIDO Director General LI Yong pointed out that technical equipment, machines and buildings need to be designed to avoid harm to workers and the environment. “Legislative authorities must ensure that technological solutions are used safely, and that they are not harmful to employees and the environment. To address potential risks and accidents, collective actions at national and international levels are needed”, said Li.

The conference brings together government officials from ministries, institutions and committees that are responsible for ensuring industrial safety; representatives of international organizations (including UNECE, UNOOSA, UNDRR, UNODC, IAEA, ILO); representatives from academia and the private sector to discuss the future of industrial safety, share best practices and research, and address the challenges and opportunities of securing industrial safety in developing and least developed countries as well as the introduction of new technologies into the workplace within the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or 4IR.

Industrial safety is an important but often overlooked aspect to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals. When aspects of industrial safety are neglected, the likelihood of accidents with catastrophic consequences increases significantly. These accidents cause massive losses to the health of individuals and communities, the environment, and industrial assets. Furthermore, legislative frameworks often lack the enforcement capacities to fully monitor and regulate industrial safety, thereby increasing the risk of accidents occurring. UNIDO and Rostechnadzor are working together to raise awareness about issues related to industrial safety and to the achievement of inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The International Conference is the first major activity undertaken by the two parties since signing a Memorandum of Cooperation to strengthen industrial safety on a global level.

More pictures from the event are available here.

Presentation of Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento can be found here.

Presentation of Olga Memedovic can be found here.

Presentation of David Gold can be found here.

For more information, please contact:

Olga Memedovic

Deputy Director, Chief, PTC/TII/BCI

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