Risk management and Covid-19

"Risk management & Covid-19" program

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"Risk management & Covid-19" program "Risk management & Covid-19" program

Icsi will examine the Covid-19 crisis from the angle of “major risk management in a health crisis”. The programme will focus on 3 axes: an observatory, what lies ahead, and what is happening internationally. We look forward to sharing the day with you via webinars, first-hand accounts and other materials... find out more in the dedicated section of our website.



The unprecedented crisis caused by Covid-19 is leading to disruption in many other areas – the economy, the workplace, and the managerial response to remote working. For example, Ivan Boissières, Director General of Icsi says, “At Icsi, we are committed to developing an approach based on prevention. It is clear that we are not crisis specialists, but it seemed essential to us – and our members – to look at this crisis from the angle of the management of major risks in a health crisis. What is the link between these two issues? What role does safety play, both as the crisis unfolds, and during the recovery? What are the impacts on risk perception? How is the social climate changing?

As usual, Icsi will address these questions through discussions and sharing good practices. The programme has already been launched, and focuses on 3 main activities.


| 1. Establish a benchmark and identify trends. The observatory. |


Icsi is developing a Risk Management & Covid 19 Observatory with:

  • feedback from our members, based on our kick-off webinar with first-hand accounts from SNCF and EDF DPN. This is the first of many!
  • real-time monitoring that Icsi has been able to carry out with a few of its members, in particular on the question of the relationship that is being played out between Covid 19 and major risks.

“We are fortunate to have 80, very diverse members, from industrial giants to local authorities, trade unions, universities, etc. We anticipate that this diversity will provide us with an abundance of first-hand experiences and real-life examples, a rich benchmark” continues Ivan Boissières.


The observatory will examine:

The role of safety both during the crisis and in the recovery:

  • The role of safety specialists in crisis management: What role do prevention specialists play in companies?
  • The impact of the crisis on safety action plans: Have safety action plans survived the health crisis, or has the situation led to trade-offs?

Impact in the field and on actions taken by managers

  • The human and social side-effects generated by the crisis: What have been the impacts on the internal climate in companies?
  • The presence of managers in the field: What new practices have been adopted by managers, particularly in relation to the expansion of remote working? How is work coordinated? Are managers spending time in the field?
  • Improving reliability: What practices are being put in place to increase awareness of what is really happening on the ground, and anticipate risks?


| 2. What lies ahead. What might “tomorrow’s safety” look like? |


Discussions and working groups are the focus of this second axis. A dedicated discussion group has been set up to re-examine risk management practices in the light of what we have learned from the Covid 19 crisis. It has already highlighted several, familiar themes that have been put back in the spotlight by the crisis – notably the importance of organisational resilience to ensure a good level of safety, the style of safety leadership to adopt when faced with such uncertainty, and whether or not safety models need to be adapted.

Working group "Risk management & Covid-19"

At the same time, the Foncsi is carrying out in-depth interviews with international experts. Here, the aim is to identify some of the major trends that are emerging from the Covid 19 crisis.

Foncsi's program (french)

| 3. Broaden your perspective. A look at what is happening internationally. |

Finally, Icsi is joining forces with two, leading international networks, ‘Resilience Engineering’ and ‘Natural Decision Making’. Here, the aim is to decipher global trends, and gain a new perspective. In this third, and final part of the programme, we will offer the Icsi community an opportunity to participate in webinars with experts.

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