Discussion groups

Since 2003, discussion groups have been at the heart of Icsi's activities. They are a forum for debate on industrial risk management topics. Both neutral and independent, they encourage their members to exchange views, share their experiences and disseminate best practices.

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| How they work |


Our discussion groups aim to bring together anyone involved in safety (industrialists, trade unions, local communities, researchers, associations). The goal? To share diverse experiences and points of view, break down silos, and find areas of agreement – and disagreement – and, by working together, identify new approaches that can be adapted by others to strengthen safety.

All Icsi members can participate in our discussion groups. Typically, they run over about 2 years, with 4 to 6 meetings per year.

Depending on the theme, the group can focus on:

  • Sharing experience, knowledge, and best practices on a specific theme.
  • Invite external experts and witnesses, visit industrial sites.
  • Launch development initiatives: industrial pilots, field experiments, research projects, etc.
  • Prepare materials (publications, videos, training, etc.) and contribute to their dissemination.

Each discussion group is an idea’s factory, and the groups are at the heart of Icsi’s innovation process.

It is part of Icsi’s DNA and that of its members to share knowledge, experience and good practices, and then disseminate them to anyone else who might be interested. This enables us to promote a culture of industrial safety more widely

Ivan Boissières, Icsi's Director




| Current themes |


Discussion group – Social dialogue and safety culture

In a turbulent context marked by changes in employee representative bodies, and the Covid 19 crisis, social dialogue is now, more than ever, at the heart of risk prevention. How can we make social dialogue a key element of safety policies? What are the characteristics of an effective social dialogue? Icsi's “Social dialogue and safety culture” discussion group aims to identify good practices, and the conditions for success.

The discussion group



Working group – Universities

What will the industry of the future, and the factory of tomorrow look like? How will safety be managed in 2030? What skills will be required? What changes need to be made to the initial training provided by universities?

These are the issues that are being studied by this working group, which is composed of representatives from universities and at-risk industries.

The working group




Working group – Covid-19 and risk management

Changing risk models, organizational resilience, safety leadership in an uncertain world, etc., the Covid-19 pandemic has raised many important questions, with significant impacts for risk management. This new working group will draw up an inventory of safety practices in the context of the ongoing health crisis, and will examine potential methods that can be used to manage major risks and ensure the safety of people and facilities.

The working group


Discussion group – alert processes and crisis management

The Lubrizol incident was the first major industrial accident in France since the explosion at the AZF plant in 2001. The event highlighted, once again, the need to improve safety culture in areas that are home to classified Seveso facilities. Two issues, in particular, have re-emerged as needing attention: improving the process for alerting the public; and improving safety culture among citizens and public bodies.

The discussion group