From October 26 to 29, you can watch selected sessions free of charge from the 37th International Congress on Occupational Safety and Health as a stream here. Prerequisite for participation is prior registration.
The complete congress program is available on the Basi website.
Sonja König (President, Basi e.V.) Klaus Bornack (President of the A+A Trade Fair Advisory Board)
Occupational safety and health of the future.
Host: Dr. Christian Felten Alexander Gunkel (Confederation of German Employers’ Associations) online, Dr Stefan Hussy (German Social Accident Insurance), Markus Leßmann (National Occupational Safety and Health Conference), Anja Piel (German Trade Union Confederation) online, Isabel Rothe (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), Peer-Oliver Villwock (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)
Panel discussion - Occupational safety and health of the future. Opportunity for sustainable occupational health and safety?
10:15 - 11:00 h
After a year and a half of "working in the pandemic", preliminary conclusions will be drawn from the shared experience, and strategies for greater sustainability in occupational safety and health will be discussed.
Two perspectives will be considered: the industry-wide OSH system for development of the framework conditions, and the role of players in OSH at company level for the specific implementation of measures based on the risk assessment at the workplace. Delegates will present their own roles and the requirements for cooperation in shaping the route to the "new normal". The objectives and measures of the third GDA term will be addressed, these serving as an important element in this process.
Delegates are senior representatives of BMAS, DGUV, the German regional governments, BDA and DGB
The German Occupational Safety and Health Award is the major cross-industry award for exemplary technical, strategic, organizational and cultural solutions relating to occupational safety and health protection for employees at work.
It is organized by the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Länder Committee for Occupational Safety and Safety Technology (LASI) and the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV).
With the festive ceremony, the organizers of the German Occupational Safety and Health Award not only honor special commitment, but also call on other companies, organizations and individuals to also commit themselves to the occupational safety and health of their employees.
Vision Zero - Prevention without borders for a better future!
14:00 - 18:00 h
New approaches in prevention for people at work and for general challenges facing society This session is organized jointly by the Special Commission on Prevention of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and its VISION ZERO Steering Committee, the International ORP Foundation and the Global and Danish Vision Zero Business Councils.
Take the opportunity to benefit from the results of international cooperation and the pooling of knowledge internationally. The first of the A+A International VISION ZERO days, led by the ISSA Special Commission on Prevention, will examine insights into new strategic concepts for improving safety, health and well-being at work.
Practical tools developed by the Special Commission on Prevention and its unique global network of 14 international prevention sections will be presented. These tools can be used in companies and institutions of any size, and provide support in attaining the VISION ZERO.
A number of parties will report on successful implementation of the VISION ZERO approach developed by the Special Commission on Prevention. Presentations will provide insights into the VISION ZERO toolbox, the existing 7 Golden Rules of VISION ZERO, and the new 14 proactive leading indicators. The leading indicators serve as a proactive means of measuring, managing and benchmarking your company's current progress in the area of prevention. Further questions will be discussed: Is VISION ZERO limited to conventional preventive activity at the workplace, or can the approach also be used to address other challenges, such as the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, protection of the environment, or the sustainability of investments? How can responsibility be assumed for safety, health and well-being in global supply chains? What are the future development steps of the VISION ZERO strategy?
OSH along global supply chains – OSH without frontiers
14:00 - 17:00 h
Host: ISSA Section Trade Germany
As globalization continues to advance unstintingly, its impacts at national and international level must be addressed, and the associated challenges for occupational safety and health faced. The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically revealed the vulnerabilities of today's economy, particularly to sudden global threats.
This event will draw attention to current challenges in the management of global supply chains and raise awareness for cross-border implementation of occupational safety and health measures.
The papers and best-practice examples will permit insights into how companies deal with challenges, what approaches they have chosen, and what factors are critical for their success. This input is intended to provoke critical reconsideration of attendees' own supply chain practices and to lead to new approaches to the management of occupational safety and health along supply chains.
Host: VDSI - Verband für Sicherheit, Gesundheit und Umweltschutz bei der Arbeit
Practical examples of how occupational safety and health can be implemented
The digital transformation of work and the associated opportunities and risks for employers, employees and occupational safety and health consultants have been a subject of discussion for some time. Numerous research studies have identified exposures and hazards potentially arising from the growing opportunities at work offered by the digital transformation. The coronavirus pandemic provided the primary impetus for remote working from home and the resulting options for the performance of VDU work in the future through flexibility in the timing and location of work. For safety and health at work to be assured during remote working from home, practical solutions for occupational safety and health are needed. Such solutions have found their way into practical application in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
The contributions in this session deal with practical solutions which, like many measures taken during the coronavirus pandemic, were simply developed and implemented. They can serve as examples for future occupational safety and health solutions against the backdrop of the digital transformation.
Mask confusion in the pandemic - what do we learn from it?
10:00 - 13:00 h
Host: Institut für Arbeitsschutz (IFA) der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung Germany
During the coronavirus pandemic we have all had various experiences at work and in some cases on our commutes with different types of masks intended to provide protection against infection. This event provides a timeline of all activities which, owing to initial bottlenecks in the supply of protective equipment, made striking stopgap measures necessary, and also possible within a very short space of time. They include all activities which we were able to observe, and in some cases were actively involved in, relating to the production, provision, procurement and use of all conceivable mask types for the purpose of infection control during the pandemic.
Owing to the exceptionally high time pressure, the entire supply chain and the associated legal framework faced major challenges, and at times were out of control. This event aims to facilitate the learning of lessons from experiences, both good and bad, by which we can prepare for pandemics which may occur in the future.
Vision Zero – Beyond the Factory Gate!
10:00 - 13:00 Uhr
Take the opportunity to benefit from the results of international cooperation and the pooling of knowledge internationally. The first of the A+A International VISION ZERO days, led by the ISSA Special Commission on Prevention, will examine insights into new strategic concepts for improving safety, health and well-being at work. Practical tools developed by the Special Commission on Prevention and its unique global network of 14 international prevention sections will be presented. These tools can be used in companies and institutions of any size, and provide support in attaining the VISION ZERO.
A number of parties will report on successful implementation of the VISION ZERO approach developed by the Special Commission on Prevention. Presentations will provide insights into the VISION ZERO toolbox, the existing 7 Golden Rules of VISION ZERO, and the new 14 proactive leading indicators. The leading indicators serve as a proactive means of measuring, managing and benchmarking your company's current progress in the area of prevention.
Further questions will be discussed: Is VISION ZERO limited to conventional preventive activity at the workplace, or can the approach also be used to address other challenges, such as the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, protection of the environment, or the sustainability of investments? How can responsibility be assumed for safety, health and well-being in global supply chains? What are the future development steps of the VISION ZERO strategy?
New Work, Agile Working and the Evolutionary Transformation of Organizations
14:00 - 17:00 h
Host: Institut für Arbeit und Gesundheit der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung (IAG)
How do we want to work today and in the future in order to live safely and in good health? What form might leadership take in new organizational structures, and what kind of communication and culture is needed for effective cooperation in a complex and dynamic world of work? When does work meet our needs in the face of the conflicting priorities of security, curiosity and perceived sense of meaning?
The event will answer these questions and, where answers have not yet emerged, join you in looking for them.
Occupational safety and infection control in the pandemic
14:00 - 17:00 h
Host: Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA)
In 2020, the SARS-COV 2 occupational safety and health standards and rules had to be developed and implemented in Germany swiftly and on the basis of incomplete knowledge. Examining the extent to which measures could be successfully implemented at company level thus became particularly important.
Results from surveys conducted in companies, in particular from surveys of OSH professionals and company physicians, will be reported in this session.
The session will include reports on: • Company measures overall • Aspects of regulation, such as perception of suitability in practice • Effects on employees, such as mental stress • Examples of good practice
The experience gained must be used to improve occupational safety and health and infection control for the pandemic scenario, now and in the future.
Thursday, 28 October 2021
Safe handling of carcinogenic hazardous substances
10:00 - 13:00 h
Protecting workers against occupational cancers is one of the key challenges for occupational safety and health in the early 21st century. Cancer of occupational origin is the primary work-related cause of death, not only in Germany, but in all EU member states. The majority of these fatal occupational cancers are caused by employees' exposure to carcinogenic hazardous substances at the workplace, the consequences of which generally become apparent only years later. Prevention is therefore of great importance in protecting against occupational cancer.
With the "Safe handling of carcinogenic hazardous substances" work programme, which is to be launched at the beginning of 2022, the parties supporting the GDA have consciously sent a strong message with respect to occupational cancer. By means of technical papers and a panel discussion, this event will provide information on the current process steps of the GDA work programme and highlight new approaches, such as the GDA hazardous substances check.
Collaborating robot systems and assistance systems
10:00 - 13:00 h
Collaborative robot systems constitute an important means of relieving stress upon workers. For these robots to be operated safely, not only must further research be conducted into the biomechanical limits for their operation, the robots' application must also be properly planned. A digital planning tool is one means of achieving this. Recent research indicates that collaborative robots also have potential uses as assistive tools at inclusive workplaces. Humanoid robots hold the promise of exciting applications in industry. Where a human being requires personal support, exoskeletons fulfilling this function are available on the market. Other assistance functions are now also provided by drones and smart glasses.
At this event you will learn more about the background, challenges and issues associated with these new applications in the area of prevention.
Safe contract management
14:00 - 17:00 h
Host: International Social Security Association's (ISSA) Section for Electricity, Gas and Water
In 2015, the International Social Security Association's (ISSA) Section for Electricity, Gas and Water established an international working group on "Safe Contract Management" in response to the growing international trend for companies to outsource contracts to third parties and the resulting impact on normal operations. This produced a guide of the same name, which provides recommendations and guidance on how best to manage the procedures and relationships between clients and contractors (subcontractors included).
The topic came into focus again during the coronavirus pandemic, e.g. due to mass infections of contractors in the German meat industry.
The aim of the session is to provide clients, contractors and subcontractors with preventive tools across industries and countries and to show examples of good practice to ensure successful and safe collaboration for the benefit of all parties.
During the session, the guide will be presented and the topic of "Safe Contract Management" will be further explored through contributions from national and international occupational safety experts with real-life examples from different industries. The Section for Electricity, Gas and Water will be supported in the implementation of the session by, among others, the ISSA Section for the Construction Industry.
Safe machines - New technologies and their influence on machine safety
14:00 - 17:00 h
Host: Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA)
This paper will address various aspects of the influence of new digital production technologies on machine safety. The focus will lie upon key technologies of Industry 4.0, such as cyber-physical systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Recent regulatory developments will be presented and new challenges for machinery manufacturers and operators will be addressed. Research work in the sphere of the risk assessment of machinery will also be presented.
The paper is aimed at manufacturers and operators of machinery, market surveillance authorities, accident insurance institutions, OSH professionals and research institutions.
Friday, 29 October 2021
kommmitmensch Film & Media Festival Award Ceremony
Host: Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e.V. (DGUV)
The goal of accident insurance prevention and thus also of the kommmitmensch campaign is Vision Zero: a world without occupational accidents and work-related illnesses. The campaign aims to create an incentive to get a little closer to Vision Zero with films. After all, films can ideally convey emotions and help to change awareness.
The A+A Festival creates a forum for media and film productions on occupational safety and health topics. In the film and media workshop and in discussion rounds, interested parties gain useful knowledge and learn how films can be used effectively in prevention.