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Big plans for 2018: an interview with Ivan Boissières

the 24 April 2018

A survey of our members to work out ‘the Icsi of tomorrow’, taking training online, sharing safety culture with an international audience...there’s a lot going on in 2018! An interview with Ivan Boissières, Director General of the Icsi.

What does the Icsi of tomorrow look like?

IB: It’s 2018 and that means that it’s 15 years since the Icsi was born. We started out with just 8 organizations who, at the time, wanted to improve their industrial safety. Today, we have more than 70 members in our community! So, it seems important to take time now to listen to our various partners – industry, universities, local and regional authorities, trade unions – hear what they think, and understand their needs and future priorities. Not only for us, but also for the Foncsi (the Foundation for an Industrial Safety Culture), our key partner in safety research. Over 60 interviews and a major online survey were conducted between late 2017 and early 2018. This year, we’ll analyse the results, share them and work on them. For example, an initial workshop was held during our General Assembly on 12 April to generate some initial thoughts about how to progress, and some good ideas emerged! The objective is to develop our strategic plan for 2020–2024, and build an Institute that meets the needs of all its members.

Innovative and connected training

IB: It’s no secret that the world of training is changing. No more lengthy conferences in front of a paper-board, now is the time for innovative, shorter, interactive formats, mixing e-learning and face-to-face learning. Moreover, we’ve worked hard in recent years to take our training online. 2018 sees the Safety Academy, a rich hub of 100 multimedia resources in 3 languages that anyone can subscribe to. At the end of the year, we’ll also be adding 2 new 10-hour themed lessons to our Safety Education platform: ‘going back to the root causes in event analysis’ and ‘shared awareness of the most important risks’. Finally, we have redesigned the ‘Manager of At-Risk Organizations’ Executive Master’s Program and now offer à la carte seminars, lasting 3 to 4 days. With this range of training, we want to be at the forefront of teaching innovation and meet the needs of everyone, from beginner to expert.

Culture de sécurité, safety culture, cultura de seguridad

IB: We’re taking safety culture international, first with the creation of an Icsi branch in Latin America, which has welcomed new safety culture experts based in Argentina. And because we want to spread the word about safety culture, we’re committed to offering as many of our resources as possible in French, English and Spanish. At the Safety Academy, for example, all our e-learning modules, videos, courses, etc. are available in the 3 languages. We translate our publications, and the Spanish version of our website has just gone online, to add to the existing French and English pages. The language barrier will no longer be an obstacle to spreading the word about safety culture within organizations!

The last word

IB: Thinking about our future strategic plan has already started and it’s important because it will guide our work and activities for the next 5 years. We want to work closely with the Foncsi, in particular by strengthening industrial pilots – the idea is that research and field experience feed into and enrich each other.