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Skills & competencies for safety

The significant resources dedicated to safety-related training are perceived not to be paying off any longer, especially in industrial fields that have already achieved a high level of safety. Despite all the efforts made in terms of training in a broad sense, there is no clear evidence as to the actual safety outcomes.

The strategic analysis on Professionalization started in January 2015 and is close to being completed.
A call for proposals was launched in 2016.

Problem statement

Assuming the existence of an implicit model that positively links the level of safety to training programmes, this model may have reached  its limits. In this current model, safety is to a certain extent addressed:

  • in isolation from other dimensions: safety is often considered as a specific domain demanding specific actions conducted by specific actors.
  • disembodied from the actual working situation: safety is usually highlighted as a priority without taking into account the necessary trade-offs resulting from the multiple stakes (business continuity, productivity, profitability, innovation etc.), that characterize actual work situations.
  • defined by actors driven by accountability issues and exogenous norms: the increasing importance of risk issues in the public debate leads to a considerable production of standards, regulations and procedures largely defined through the prism of accountability, with strong administrative and legal components.  

Therefore, in order to move beyond the implicit model, Foncsi questions the academic community as well as experts concerning existing or possible alternative approaches in terms of safety, particularly through professionalization issues.


> 2015-07 -
 Safety: a matter of “professionals” ?
> Beyond Safety Training
Embedding Safety in Professional Skills

> The operator, the manager
and the monster from outer space

Call for proposals

A call on this theme was launched in the first quarter 2016.
6 teams were chosen for the research :

  1. Transformations des activités, des opérateurs et des organisations : vers des propositions de formation à et par la résilience
    Germain Poizat (Genova University, Switzland)
  2. Évaluation des dispositifs de formation à la sécurité : travail, acteurs, parcours
    Catherine Delgoulet (Paris Descartes University, France)
  3. Pour une évaluation des apports des technologies numériques dans les formations à la gestion des risques dans les industries à risques
    Alain Garrigou (IUT Bordeaux, France)
  4. La professionnalisation de sécurité : étude qualitative et quantitative exploratoire
    Wim Van Wassenhove (Mines ParisTech, France) and Hervé Laroche (ESCP Europe, France)
  5. Devenir acteurs de la prévention : concevoir des dispositifs de développement du « Pouvoir d’agir » en sécurité
    Lucie Cuvelier (Paris 8 University, France)
  6. A multimethod system for the assessment and training of teamwork in simulated scenarios
    Fabrizio Bracco (Genoa University, Italia)

ScientifiC COmMITTEEs

Scientific committee of strategic
analyses (GSAS)


> Members of GSAS

Experts and industrials associated with
this strategic analysis:

  • Franck Guarniéri (CRC Mines ParisTech)
  • Philippe Haller (ARKEMA)
  • Nicolas Herchin (ENGIE)
  • Pol Hoorelbeke (TotalEnergies)
  • Jean-Paul Labarthe (EDF R&D)

Scientific committee of

call for proposals (GCAP)

> Members of GCAP

Experts and industrials associated with
the call for proposals:

  • Philippe Haller (ARKEMA)
  • Nicolas Herchin (ENGIE)
  • Pol Hoorelbeke (TotalEnergies)
  • Jean-Paul Labarthe (EDF R&D)



Strategic Analyses Coordinator

Caroline Kamaté
E-mail :
Tel : +33 5 32 09 37 83

Call for proposals Coordinator

Eric Marsden
E-mail :
Tel : +33 5 32 09 37 82