Prof. Dr. Andrew Sharman

President, Institution for Occupational Safety and Health, United Kingdom

Andrew is CEO of RMS, a global consultancy specializing in culture and leadership supporting organizations around the world through industry sectors including mining, construction, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and FMCG. His personal consulting experience spans over 100 countries with a broad range of clients from Fortune 500 organizations.

Regarded as a dynamic and visionary thought-leader in workplace safety - having earned several international awards for his work - he is Professor of Leadership & Safety Culture and Program Director at CEDEP - the European Centre for Executive Development on the INSEAD campus in Paris, France; teaches at CalTech - the California Institute of Technology, USA; and speaks on post-graduate Risk Management programs at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His Lean Six Sigma Black Belt ensures that his approach is grounded in practical application and results-focused.

Andrew is Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Leadership & Management, and President of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (‘IOSH’), the world’s leading body for workplace health and safety with over 47,000 members in 120 countries.

Andrew is the author of nine books on safety culture, leadership and wellbeing. His first book From Accidents to Zero: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Workplace Safety Culture is the world’s best-selling book on safety culture with now over 80,000 copies sold.


9:20 - 10:05 am EDT / 13:20 – 14:05 pm UTC / 15:20- 16:05 pm CEST
Panel 1: Innovation in addressing COVID-19

COVID-19 represents a new type of occupational disease, with rapid onset of symptoms rather than the traditional long latency period. The need for immediate and urgent action by governments and workplaces to safeguard workers means new ways of diagnosing, recording and notifying are required to meet this challenge and to evaluate the burden and impact on workplaces and social security systems. In this session, panelists will address this challenge with a focus on the virtual OSH training and technology as a tool in the response to COVID-19, the development and dissemination of workplace infection prevention practices in the context to COVID-19, and the new complexities COVID-19 brings to already existing legal issues related to prevention and health data.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Breuer, President, International Social Security Association
Prof. Dr. Seong-Kyu Kang, MD, PhD, Professor, Gachon University Gil Medical Centre and Vice President, International Commission on Occupational Health, Republic of Korea
Prof. Dr. Katherine Lippel, Distinguished Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mr. Emad Rizkalla, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bluedrop Performance Learning, Canada
Prof. Dr. Andrew Sharman, President, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, United Kingdom

Ms. Vera Paquete-Perdigão, Director of the Governance and Tripartism Department, International Labour Organization

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