EuroCourse 3

Economic Relevance of Safety Culture in Medical Applications
A course for senior managers in the radiological sector.

28 - 30 April 2014

Madrid, Spain

Venue: in Madrid, at NH Zurbano Hotel. Zurbano, 79-81. 28003 Madrid, Spain

Organisation: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, Spain)

Collaborating organisation: Spanish Society for Radiological Protection (SEPR).

The primary intent of this seminar is to make managers of radiation user facilities aware of the economic impact of lack of safety culture, and thus the need to follow the road to accident prevention.

Main learning outcomes:

• Knowledge and understanding of essential responsibilities, accountability and the role of management in building, promoting and encouraging safety culture;
• General knowledge of the context of organisational systems for Radiation Protection, Safety and Safety Culture;
• Understanding the economic impact of accidents and unplanned losses; developing or enhancing the current safety culture as a necessary task if an organisation wants the stay in business;
• Understanding the importance of management’s attitude toward workers for safety.

Training methodology:

The course will be facilitated in a highly interactive manner.

The first day of this three-day training course consists in a condensed version of the generic training module, providing  managers with the appropriate fundamentals in view of improving the safety culture in their organisations and developing  excellence in human performance to proactively prevent events triggered by human error. This part can be skipped by those having already followed the full  two-day training on “Managerial competences and leadership for safety culture”.

Pre-course: Before the training sessions, all registered participants will receive some suggested pre-course reading and a quiz for self-evaluation.

Post-course: Participants interested in getting a certificate of achievement will be requested to elaborate a report in the following two months after the EuroCourse with a description on how the concepts introduced during the course have been applied in their facilities. 

A Detailed Course Programme is available here.

Course Fee

Option A: 600 €, including three nights accommodation, high quality menu choices and coffee breaks.

Option B: 300 €, including high quality menu choices and coffee breaks.

A social event – dinner for the course participants and lecturers is foreseen on Tuesday 29 April.

Personalised mentoring and course materials will be provided.


Please complete and submit the Registration Form to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; with copy to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clearly specify the option you have chosen. In case of option A, clearly indicate your arrival and departure dates for the hotel accommodation. 

The Registration Form is available here.

The deadline for registration is April 18th 2014

Delivery Team


Emilio Mínguez - Co-ordinator
Professor of Nuclear Technology. Member of the Nuclear Engineering Department of UPM. 


Eduardo Gallego - Co-ordinator and Expert Lecturer
Professor and Director of the Nuclear Engineering Department of UPM. President of the Spanish Radiation Protection Society. Member of the Executive Council of the International Radiation Protection Association. Member of the Committee 4 of the International Commission of Radiological Protection. 

Mario Gonzalez - Facilitator
Tecnatom staff member; Safety Culture expert; Certified INPO-WANO facilitator


Fernando Gonzalez - Mentor
Tecnatom staff member; Safety Culture expert. Executive Coach. Head of Leadership and Safety Culture at Tecnatom. Leader of the task group of the Spanish Society of Radiological Protection on Radiological Protection Culture, in cooperation with IRPA. 

Christian Lefaure - Expert Lecturer
European ALARA Network Coordinator, CEPN (Nuclear Protection Evaluation Centre, France)

A summary of Pascal Croüail's lectures is available here


Eliseo Vañó - Expert Lecturer
Full Professor of Medical Physics at the Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University in Madrid. Head of the Medical Physics Service at the San Carlos University Hospital. Chairman of the Medical Working Party on Medical Exposures of the Article 31 Group of Experts of the EURATOM Treaty. Chairman of the Committee on Protection in Medicine of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). 




Jean-Marc SimonExpert Lecturer

M.D., Radiation oncologist at Pitié Salpetrière Hospital in Paris, France. In 2007, he was commissioned by the French Ministry of Health to come at Épinal Hospital to organize the management of patients overexposed during the most serious radiation accident occurred in France between 2004 and 2005. During his mission, other malfunctions were discovered, which occurred during the past twenty years. Overall, more than 5,500 patients were overexposed between 1986 and 2006. Among the 24 most seriously overexposed patients, ten died from radiation related injuries.

Jean-Marc Simon leads a program research to improve scientific understanding of iatrogenic effects associated with overexposure to ionizing radiation.


Montserrat Ribas Expert Lecturer 

Head of Medical Physics Department (Servei de Radiofísica I Radioproteccio)  Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (HSCSP), Barcelona (Spain). Medical physicist since 1972 at HSCSP, initially working in the area of radiotherapy, adding later responsibilities in the area of radiation protection.  


Andrea Pola - Expert Lecturer
Professor of the courses “Radioactivity“ and “Laboratory of Physics of the Nucleus“ at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His research activities mainly concern the analysis of population risk in radiodiagnostics and the development of novel systems for the radiation protection in medical facilities