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William Cockburn, Head of the Prevention and Research Unit, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Law and Master of Science degree in ergonomics

Professional career: William Cockburn has worked at the European Agency for Safety and Health since 1998 where he focused on the areas of research coordination, emerging risks and was responsible for the first European survey of enterprises on new and emerging risks (ESENER). Since 2012 he has been in charge of the EU-OSHA’s Prevention and Research Unit, which develops the OSH content for the agency, including the European Risk Observatory. Born in the UK, William trained first as a lawyer and then as an ergonomist. Prior to joining EU-OSHA, he worked in academic research investigating company safety culture and in the private sector as an ergonomics consultant and research manager for projects in health and safety at work.

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