Meet the speakers

Isaac Abril is currently working as a head of working conditions in the Agriculture and Fisheries Department at Instituto Nacional de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo (INSST). Member of the Spanish Commission for plant protection products (PPP) assessment, he has been working in PPP exposure assessment since 2002. President of the Working Group “Agriculture Sector” of the Spanish Commission for Safety and Health at Work, he is also a member of the Advisory Board of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in Agriculture.

Stefano Boy has twenty-five years of combined experience in process industry, engineering companies and research organisations. Before joining the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in 2000, he worked for the European Commission (Joint Research Centre), where he carried out accident investigations in industrial sites. In his current position of researcher on machinery safety, ergonomics and standardisation, he regularly engages in collaborative projects with national authorities, European institutions, OHS organisations, manufacturers and employers federations. One of his tasks is to study the interface between workers and technology, with a special interest in the lessons learned from unwanted events involving control systems, automation and equipment.

Joachim Breuer studied law at the Universities of Bonn and Berlin, Germany. He obtained his degree in 1984 and became a doctor of law in 1985. After working for the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for five years, he joined the Federation of German Accident Insurance Institutions (HVBG) in Sankt Augustin, Germany. In 1995 he became Director General of the accident insurance and prevention institution for the German mining industry. In 2002, Professor Dr. Breuer returned to HVBG (now DGUV)*, the umbrella organization of all German accident insurance funds in the industrial sector, this time as Director General. Besides his occupation Professor Dr. Breuer holds a leading position in several other German institutions and organisations.
His international affiliations, most notably, are

  • President of the International Social Security Association (ISSA), Switzerland
  • Founder and president of the "Club of Genève - Global Social Future", Switzerland
  • Co-chair of the International Disability Management Standards Council (IDMSC), Canada
  • Member of the Bureau of the European Forum for Accident Insurances (FORUM)

Eric Faé works for INERIS: Notified body for Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC (items 19, 20 & 21 of Annex IV), ATEX 2014/34/EU directive and ExCB for IECEx certification Scheme.
He has worked for 5 years in the field of functional safety in space, avionics and military industries and since 1995 at INERIS in the machinery and processes sector for functional safety certification. He is in charge of mandatory and voluntary certification for Machinery directive 2006/42/EC, Functional Safety (IEC 61508, IEC 61511, IEC 62061, EN 13849-1/2, ...) and for safety devices in ATEX.
He is an active Member of standardization groups for the machinery sector (IEC 62061, ISO 13849) and drive systems (IEC 61800-5-2), and he also participates as an active member in the IEC TR 63074 "Security aspects related to functional safety of safety-related control systems". Mr. Faé is born in France and has an engineering education in the field of electrotechnics (Master). He also graduated with an MBA from PANTHEON SORBONNE University.

Marcus Gaub is an engineer (Diplom-Ingenieur Maschinenbau) with 5 years industry experience with Bosch and Continental, 15 years field experience as Health and Safety Inspector and has been Head of Section Industrial Trucks for 5 years at the Statutory Accident Insurance Institution for the Trade and Logistics Industry (BGHW). Content responsibilty for all DGUV publications concerning industrial trucks (Regulation, Information and Guidelines); involvement in standardizition at national, CEN and ISO level. Current projects include devolpement of a VDI guideline for assistance systems for industrial trucks and research on object detection systems for industrial trucks. 

Johanna Hühn is a chemical engineer and sales engineer. She has been working in the personal protective equipment (PPE) sector for 30 years and is an expert in the field of protective gloves. She started work at Ampri as a laboratory manager, was then responsible for technical sales, and is now scientific laboratory manager and quality manager supporting the implementation of the PPE regulation and standardization. She has been active in standardization for 20 years as a recognized expert on the subject of protective gloves. Member of the board of the German Federal Association for Hand Protection (BVH).

Horst Leisering, born in 1955, studied structural engineering at the University of Wuppertal. After successfully completing his studies he worked as a site manager in two construction groups in the fields of foundation engineering and civil engineering.
In 1991, he began a new professional period at the BG BAU. He is now head of the civil and geotechnical engineering department at BG BAU and DGUV. In this function he represents BG BAU and DGUV in various committees, standardization committees and projects in civil engineering. He is author of numerous specialist publications.
His department is responsible for earthworks, road construction, special civil engineering, tunnel construction, pipeline construction, hydraulic engineering and diving work.

Wolfgang Niedziella, Degreed Engineer and European Engineer, started his career in 1987 at VDE Testing and Certification Institute. After stages at DKE German Electrotechnical Commission of DIN and VDE and at Commerzbank AG he came back to VDE Institute to take the position of General Manager for Components, Household, Commerce and Industry. Since 2011 he has been Managing Director of VDE Institute and from 2012 to 2015 he was also Managing Director Asian Operations of VDE Global Services GmbH.
From 2010 to 2015 he was Chairman of the IECEE Committee of Testing Laboratories. Since 2016 he has been the Chairman of the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE).

Gerhard Steiger, Head of standardization department at the German Mechanical Engineering Federation (VDMA), General manager of the Mechanical Engineering Standards Committee (NAM) at DIN e. V. (hosted by VDMA).
German member of the following standardization committees:
- CEN/TC 12 "Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries”
- CEN/TC 114 “Safety of machinery”
- CEN/TC 406 "Mechanical products – Ecodesign methodology"
- ISO/TC 199 “Safety of machinery”
- ISO/TC 67/SC6 “Equipment and systems for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries”
Rapporteur CEN/CENELEC Sector Machinery Safety
Member of CEN Technical Board
Member of European Commission Working Group to Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

Johannes Stein
2015-today: VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies, DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE, Head of Production, Member of the DKE Executive Board. The division is responsible for production of standards, translation management, IT and database applications and administration, communication. Project leader of the DKE innovation programme “Normung 2020”, a programme which initiates the digital transformation of standardisation
2009-2015: VDE/DKE: Division Manager Standards of the Divisions “Components for Power Supply” and “Control and Automation Technology”, Manager of the DKE Expertise Centre “Standardization E-Energy / Smart Grids” and “Industry 4.0”
2002-2009: ZVEI Trade association of the electrical and electronic manufacturer industry,
1999-2002: SMS Demag AG, Project management for Automation and Electrotechnology in the international Plant Engineering and Construction Industry, team leader for the Project Engineering Division
1990-1999: Mannesmann Demag Metallurgy, Control, Automation and Drive Technology for Continuous Casting Machines 
1991-1997: University Study: Economics, Business Engineering; FernUniversität Hagen, Germany
1984-1990: University Study: Electrotechnology, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Werner Sterk is deputy Director of the KAN Secretariat. He completed his studies in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany and started his professional career in OSH in 1994 at the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the foodstuffs and catering industry (BGN). Mr Sterk was seconded to the European Commission, DG Enterprise and to the German Federal Ministry of  Economics and Technology (BMWi), where he worked in the area of standardization policy.

Emmanuelle Turpin-Legendre is a physiologist at the french national institute for the prevention of accidents and occupational diseases (INRS). She works on different topics such as limit manual handling (lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling) and repetitive work by participating in the writing of standards. She studies the physical workload and thermal stress of the workers in the company. She also tries to make the link between the evolution of the functional capacities and the constraints of the professional career. She works on exoskeletons by participating in the writing of a French standard to provide ergonomic recommendations for proper workplace integration of exoskeletons.

Ivan Williams Jimenez' main role as a research advisor at IOSH is to monitor and project manage research. The function also involves collecting, analysing and circulating information on issues affecting working conditions and occupational safety and health. This involves collecting information on research trends, horizon scanning and future priorities in occupational safety and health (OSH) and working conditions.
The role entails a commitment to working with other like-minded organisations and professionals to produce research information, collating information and producing reports and briefings, preparing presentations for committees and conferences, responding to internal and external research-related enquiries, lobbying in particular topics and working with the media, key stakeholders and influencers. 
He is also part of the working group for the development of the ISO/AWI 45003 Occupational health and safety management -- Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace -- Guidelines.
He has recently finalised and published his Law PhD. Labour law - Occupational Safety and Health. ´Emerging psychosocial risks and their regulatory dimensions: an international perspective´. This study has reviewed the effectiveness of regulatory approaches to psychosocial risks with a strong focus on emerging risks in this area. The research examines the context and conditions for successful regulatory interventions in psychosocial risks management.
He has an interest in trends related to work-related violence, gender-based violence, labour rights, working conditions and gender equality, and how regulations keep pace with these issues. This interest is normally translated into the production of content, collaboration opportunities and engagement with initiatives at different levels.