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European forum of road tunnel safety officers

Lyon, 4-5 November 2009

  • Wednesday-Thursday, 4-5 November 2009
  • Lyon - France

The EU Directive 2004/54/EC of 29 April 2004 on minimum safety requirements for tunnels in the trans-European road network has introduced the Safety Officer as a new player in charge of coordinating all preventive and safeguard measures to ensure the safety of users and operational staff. During the last 2-3 years, Safety Officers have been appointed throughout Europe and have started to perform their tasks to improve road tunnel safety. While a number of questions are not completely answered regarding this new position and the related activities, few exchanges of experience have been possible yet, due to the dispersal of the Safety Officers and the lack of appropriate means, apart from a few national groups.

This is the reason why the Committee on Operational Safety of Underground Facilities (COSUF) of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA), in cooperation with the Technical Committee on Road Tunnel Operation (C4) of the World Road Association (PIARC) have organised a European Forum of Road Tunnel Safety Officers for sharing questions and exchanging experience.

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Speaker Member State Theme
Didier Lacroix COSUF vice-chairman Welcome by ITA-COSUF
Pierre Schmitz PIARC C4 chairman The PIARC technical committee C4
Evert Worm Safety officer for the Dutch state-owned tunnels The Safety Officers
Damien Tillet France French Tunnel Safety Officers
Cesar Perez Delgado Spain Generalitat de Catalunya -tunnel Safety Officer
Evert Worm Netherlands Forum Safety Officers
Bernt Freiholtz Sweden The Safety Officer role in Sweden according to the dir 2004-54
Bruno Klimmer Austria ASFINAG Austrian Tunnel Safety Organization
Per Ivar Ostensen Norway Safety officers Norway
Ales Lebl Czek republic Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic
Peter Arch United Kingdom Tunnel Safety Officer UK Perspective
André Stein Safety officer for Luxembourg Understanding of cooperation with emergency services
Gilles Arnaudet Safety Officer for the ESCOTA tunnels Training of operational staff and emergency services
Les Fielding MIFIreE, MIFSM Fire Safety and Planning Advisor, Safety officer Significant Incident
Arnold Dix Scientist & Lawyer, Professor of Engineering & Medicine, Australia Legal Aspects Independence and Responsibilities
Andrea Mordasini Lombardi SA, Switzerland, Safety officer for the Mont Blanc and Frejus tunnels Keeping the safety documentation updated
Alain Picard   Anything but a conclusion


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