Prof. Dr. Walter Eichendorf

President, German Road Safety Council (DVR)
Past Chair, XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Germany
Member, International Organizing Committee, XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Canada

Walter Eichendorf serves as president of the German Road Safety Council (DVR) and professor at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. At the university, his focus in research and teaching is a Culture of Prevention.

After his university education (physics, mathematics and astrophysics) in Bochum and Bonn, Eichendorf served as a research staff member at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) from 1980 to 1983 in Munich and Chile. He then joined DGUV's predecessor HVBG, and has been with DGUV/HVBG for over 35 years. He first served as head of the statistical department and then as the director of public relations before becoming deputy director general in 1998. At DGUV, he was responsible for all prevention activities until retirement at the end of 2018.

In addition to his role at DVR and DGUV, Eichendorf serves on a number of national and international advisory boards, e.g. as a member of the board of directors, European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). He was president of the OSH World Congress 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. In August 2014, he received the Federal Cross of Merit from the German Federal President for his work on road safety.


11:05 - 11:55 am EDT / 15:05 – 15:55 pm UTC / 17:05 – 17:55 pm CEST
Breakout Session A – Organized by Canada: Chairs’ Panel on a Culture of Prevention – is it the answer to COVID-19? 

In this panel, the current and past Chairs of the World Congress International Organizing Committee will join together with social partners to explore the premise that a strong culture of prevention has supported the ability of workplaces to respond effectively to COVID-19. Through the lens of those sectors that were deemed “essential”, the panel will explore what role a culture of prevention played in responding to the COVID-19 emergency, and what new lessons this experience offers about the importance of a prevention culture to occupational health and safety globally.  

Mr. John Beckett, Vice-President of Operations, British Columbia Maritime Employers Association, Canada
Ms. Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress, Canada
Prof. Dr. Walter Eichendorf, Past Chair, International Organizing Committee, XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Germany
Er. Ho Siong Hin, Past Chair, International Organizing Committee, XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Singapore
Prof. Dr. Cameron Mustard, President, Institute for Work & Health and Chair, International Organizing Committee, XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Canada
Ms. Elizabeth Witmer, Chair, Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Canada

Ms. Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Canada

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