27.05.2019: Safety and Security in a Digitalised World

The "Future of Safety in a Digitalized World" - this is the title of the "10th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work", which takes place in Vienna from 23 to 26 September 2019.

The conference of the network WOS.net, which is hold in English, will be organised already for the tenth time. This year, Vienna is chosen as the host city. The AUVA will take over the scientific and organisational lead.

Workingonsafety.net (WOS.net) is an international network of decision-makers, researchers and persons responsible for the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases in companies and institutions. The aim is to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences and to disseminate new findings in the field of prevention. WOS.net is supported by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

This year's 10th Conference of WOS.net is dedicated to the general theme "The Future of Safety in a Digitalised World", picking up one of the great future trends - digitalisation, often referred to as Industry 4.0 - and its consequences for occupational safety. The six main themes include digitalisation, risk assessment, safety management systems, Vision Zero, knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE), and education and training, with a focus on the European Erasmus Programme RiskMan, in which AUVA takes part as well. 

For each of these six main topics, the programme committee consisting of national and international experts headed by DI Georg Effenberger (Head of the prevention department of the AUVA) and Ing. Mag. Christian Schenk (Head of vocational training in the field of prevention at the AUVA main office) were able to secure well-known international experts as keynote speakers: Ursula Huws from the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and Bettina-Johanna Krings from the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) from Germany will speak about digitization. Erik Hollnagel, University of Jönköping (DK), and Manfred Müller, Flight Safety Research Lufthansa (D), who has already cast a spell over the participants at the Forum Prevention of AUVA, will address the topic of risk assessment. Kathy A. Seabrook, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, Technical Committee TC 283/ISO 45001 (USA), puts ISO 45001 at the centre of her keynote on Safety Management Systems.

These two keynote speakers will show different perspectives of Vision Zero: Ehi Iden, Occupational Health and Safety Managers (OHSM), who comes from Nigeria, and Joachim Breuer from Germany, representing the International Social Security Association (ISSA) based in Switzerland. Johnny Dyreborg, National Research Center, Denmark and Tim Tregenza, from EU-OSHA, based in Bilbao, Spain, will focus in their keynote on knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE). The sixth major theme, “education and training”, will be initiated by keynote speaker Andrew Sharman, European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP), Switzerland.

In addition to the keynote plenary sessions, the WOS2019 consists of a series of parallel technical Sessions, workshops and of a “Master Class”. The detailed programme and all information on the registration for this event can be found at:


Further information


Amra Causevic
AUVA’s Office for International Relations and Conference Management
Adalbert-Stifter-Strasse 65, 1200 Vienna/Austria
Phone: + 43 5 93 93-20190
Fax: +43 5 93 93-20198

Scientific Programme:

Christian Schenk
Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board (AUVA)
Prevention Department of the Head Office