37th International A+A Congress 2021 – intensive OSH expertise in concentrated format

Occupational safety and health specialists will come together at the 37th International A+A Congress from 26 to 29 October 2021. Expert know-how will be presented and extensively discussed in around 25 series of on-site events, some of which will also be streamed online. ‘The situation with Corona and current entry regulations unfortunately make it necessary for us to focus on essential topics this time. This also means we can offer all our speakers and visitors the highest possible level of safety on site’, said Dr Christian Felten, Managing Director of Basi (Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health). As the organiser of the A+A Congress, Basi works closely with Messe Düsseldorf. Congress tickets are available for 99 euros in the A+A ticket shop, the world’s leading international trade fair for safety and health at work. In addition, all interested parties can participate in a selection of congress events online. As an additional bonus in 2022, Basi, together with the Trade Fair, will offer in-depth, future-oriented online sessions on important A+A topics in 2022/2023. Dates and content will be announced well in advance.

‘After the opening session, the congress kicks off with a high-profile, live-streamed panel discussion on the “new normal” in safety and health at work’, said Basi Managing Director Dr Christian Felten when outlining the start of the A+A Congress and the world’s leading OSH trade fair. The Congress will start with an introduction by Basi Chair Sonja König at 10.15 a.m. on 26 October 2021. At 11.30 a.m., the German Occupational Safety and Health Award will be presented to companies and individuals who have displayed outstanding, creative ideas in the field of OSH. Guests will include high-ranking representatives from the social partners, academia, the Federal Ministry of Labour, the federal states and the Director General of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Dr Stefan Hussy. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to exchange views with researchers, practitioners, policymakers and administrators, both on site and in part online.

During the congress, several series of events from the 37th A+A Congress 2021 will be streamed live every day via the website aplusa.de – there will also be simultaneous English translation. Some of the speakers will be on site, others will take part virtually. At the same time, Basi members will be present at the Meeting Point Safety and Health (TPSG) in Hall 10 of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre until 29 October and are looking forward to greeting and talking with their guests.

The focus of the 37th A+A Congress is on sustainable occupational safety and health of the future. The topics follow the prevention culture of Vision Zero which states if preventive measures are coordinated well, then serious workplace accidents and occupational diseases can be avoided or their consequences significantly reduced. OSH experts will be on hand to provide answers to key questions: What have we learned from the pandemic and what can we do with these learnings in the future? How does the digitalisation of work affect safety and health? Experts will address issues such as the confusion surrounding masks, collaborative robotics and assistance systems, and concepts for enforcing OSH within global supply chains. In addition, the goals of the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy (GDA) with their current focus on good work design for musculoskeletal loads and the safe handling of carcinogenic hazardous substances remain a core component.

Attendance at the event can be recognised as further training for occupational safety specialists and other professionals thanks to the variety of topics and the in-depth nature of the presentations. Tickets for attending the 37th International A+A Congress 2021 in person cost 99 euros and can be purchased online at the Messe Düsseldorf ticket shop. Tickets are valid for attending the congress on the day booked as well as access to the A+A World-Leading Trade Fair.

Corona Information:

All tickets can be purchased online via the Messe Düsseldorf website. There is no box office on site. Tickets are dated and are only valid for the day booked. There are no unlimited tickets available. A separate ticket must be purchased for each day of attendance. There will not be any ticket sales on site, only service desks. Access to the trade fair is only possible by registering beforehand on the A+A website.

The International A+A Congress and A+A World-Leading Trade Fair for Safety and Health at Work 2021 will run from 26– 29 October 2021 live in Düsseldorf as well as streaming format. More information is available here or on the A+A trade fair website.