Gerard I.J.M. Zwetsloot founded his own company, Gerard Zwetsloot Research & Consultancy, spring 2015.
In the period 1998 – 2019 he was professor; 1998- 2006 at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and 2007 – 2019 at the University of Nottingham (a top 100 university with campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia). His university chair at Nottingham was titled: Occupational Health and Safety Management.
Gerard got his MSc in chemistry at the University of Utrecht, and did his PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Leiden; his doctoral thesis was titled “Joint Management of Working Conditions, Environment and Quality” (1994) and nominated by the European Foundation for Quality Management for their award for the best doctoral thesis on Total Quality Management.
His work is focused on innovative management practices for (Occupational) Safety and Health Management that are simultaneously contributing to business excellence and/or corporate social responsibility.
Gerard is involved in a range of (international) research projects and strategic consultancy projects. He has generated a range of international and national publications, and is frequently invited for (keynote) presentations.
End 2019 he was awarded by the Global Institute for Safety Promotion (Tokyo) with the Mukaidono Safety Award. A ‘life-time achievement’ award, in recognition of professor Zwetsloot as a world leading expert in health and safety.
Gerard Zwetsloot has strongly contributed to the knowledge on Vision Zero, the ambition to organise work free of (serious) accidents and work-related diseases. His work is also closely assoicated with the development and support of the Global Vision Zero strategy and campaign of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) which is running in more than 80 countries.