Women in Safety


Published: 2021

As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, let’s take time to focus on the positive aspects of safety and how our actions help it progress.

We believe initiatives such as Women in Safety and International Women’s Day can act as crucial red-letter days to celebrate women’s achievements in the workplace. It also provides an opportunity to put the spotlight on how health, safety, and sustainability professionals are changing business culture and safety for good in the runup to International Safety Day on April 28th.

As the inspirational stories in our Women in Safety initiative show, there is certainly no lack of passion and fresh ideas to draw from. We all need role models and inspirational stories to keep us motivated. When they enter our lives in whatever way, let’s celebrate them together.

Welcome message from Tatiana Zamorova

Managing director for CIS Region at DSS

"Work is a significant part of adult life, so it’s vital your chosen career path makes you happy and fulfilled. As I reflect on my own experiences in the workplace, I see many similarities outlined in the stories from our Women in Safety initiative that mirror my own career path and, equally as important, have kept me in the industry. There is no doubt that health and safety can be a challenging profession. Still, it’s also a dynamic one where the ability to grow and develop professionally with a company whose core values align with my own ticks all the boxes."

Specific topics addressed in the full interview:

  • The importance of inspirational role models
  • Learn to back yourself
  • A better safety world

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This week’s Spotlight

Discover weekly insightful stories from leader women in safety, health and sustainability

Joana Godinho Dos Santos
HSE Internal Project Manager, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
There are enormous benefits to deepening the talent pool and encouraging different perspectives and solutions to health and safety issues.
Joana Godinho Dos Santos
Having decided to move from Portugal to Germany to pursue a career in health and safety, Joana understands what it means to move out of your comfort zone. Here she talks about how a questioning mind, a love of technology and getting buy-in can help improve health and safety.
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Ana Ferreira
Ana Ferreira
Global environment, Health and Safety Director, Aptiv
If we understand the impact we have on people's lives and communities, it becomes a natural progression to establish a safe working environment.
Starting her career as an environmental engineer, Ana's safety journey has been progressive. From dealing with safety issues at the epicentre of the pandemic in China to seeing safety first hand in new technologies for autonomous vehicles, she explains how a passion for the environment, a focus on acquiring knowledge, and a deep desire to protect others keeps her motivated.
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Paula Monteiro
Health and Safety Corporate Coordinator, The Navigator Company
One of the role’s biggest challenges is changing people’s attitude to safety culture.
With a strong background in industry and an initial role in production, quality, environment and new developments. Paula was drawn to health and safety. Here she explains why making the move from products to people was a natural progression, why safety behaviour is a major challenge and how conversation is the key.
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Aude Menseau
Health & Safety Director, Biscuits St Michel
Developing a health and safety culture that is agile and responsive is also essential, but it has to have leadership backing.
With a clear passion for safety in and out of the workplace, Aude Menseau, Health & Safety Director at Biscuits St Michel, explains the importance of agility and how company culture and leadership are crucial factors in driving safety initiatives forward.
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Christine Becard
SIS – Safety Knowledge Management and HSE International Senior Expert, Air Liquide Group
When you are looking at changing culture, taking a long-term approach contributes to building trust and credibility.
Christine’s organisational skills led her from procurement to spearheading safety knowledge management at group level. Here she describes why it’s important to step outside your ivory tower, get on to the dance floor and think outside of the box to add value to safety initiatives.
Discover the full story


Learn about leadership and safety management from insightful women in safety

Peju Arenyeka

Initially in food safety, overseeing a root cause analysis and lessons learnt from a laboratory accident triggered Peju’s passion for Health and Safety. Here she talks about why a skill for creating order out of chaos, an analytical mind...

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Evelyn Joos

From a materials engineer in research, Evelyn’s move into safety scaled up her science and technical skills to focus on making plants safer and healthier places to work. She explains why leadership, risk management and a go-getting...

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Janneco Pothuis

Inspirational parents helped kickstart Janneco’s interest in safety. Now working for a dynamic company that is a global pioneer in sustainable water infrastructure, she explains why back to basics, applying a human touch and...

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