Mr. Gilbert Vandeputte, one of the founders and first president of the European Safety Federation passed away on the 12th of May at age 90. Many in the PPE sector will remember him as a strong believer of cooperation and European harmonisation. Occupational Health and Safety was his drive, not only for the family company he was leading for many years, but also in his involvement in associations and education. He will be missed by many in the PPE community. Our thoughts are with his family and those near to him.