A+A Congress 2021 | Schedule of topics

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(As at August 2021; subject to change)

Topic Tuesday, 26 October Wednesday, 27 October Thursday, 28 October Friday, 29 October
Strategies for safety and health at work
  • Opening of the A+A 2021
  • German Occupational Safety and Health Award
  • Panel discussion: Occupational safety and health of the future
  • Sustainability within the supply chain
  • Vision Zero Prevention beyond Borders and for a better Future I
  • Prevention strategy for carcinogenic substances in SMEs
  • Vision Zero Prevention beyond Borders and for a better Future II
  • The Great Reset – Vision Zero I
  • Basic work and precarious
    in the pandamic
  • Members of employee representative councils and occupational safety and health
  • OSH management forum
  • The Great Reset – Vision Zero II
  • European Networks Meeting
  • ILO Conference
  • Poster session
    Award for the best posters
  • kommmitmensch Film & Media Festival
    Award ceremony
  • Poster session on behaviour-based occupational safety and health
    Poster session
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Online session on hazardous substances
Covid-19 and biological substances
  • Occupational safety and protection against infection at the workplace
  • Biological substances: observations and experience gained from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in a workplace context
The digital transformation
  • Remote working from home
  • Mobile working
  • The digital transformation and inclusion
  • Smart assistance systems, robot systems
Management and leadership
  • New Work: agile working and new forms of organization
  • Safe order management
  • Occupational safety and health management systems
  • Occupational safety and health and REACH
  • Masks and the pandemic
  • Safe machinery
  • Workplace safety
  • The best of both worlds: occupational safety and health and workplace health promotion in SMEs
  • Night and shift work
  • Musculoskeletal loads
  • Prevention of occupational diseases
  • Mental health offensive
Health hazards at the workplace and their prevention
  • Work premises
  • Asbestos: still a challenge
  • Non-ionizing radiation
  • Vibration and noise
  • Safe handling of carcinogenic hazardous substances
  • Nanomaterials
  • Waste management
  • Freight
  • Construction
  • Higher education

Welcoming address by Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

Call for Participation —
We need your experience, observations and ideas.

Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, we have observed new interest in the topic of occupational safety and health. The subject is not only the focus of the upcoming A+A Congress 2021. Safe and healthy work has also become a core issue during combating of the corona pandemic.
In conjunction with all responsible institutions, the German government has acted quickly and decisively. With the occupational safety and health standard and the SARS-CoV-2 occupational safety rule, we moved quickly to lay down binding workplace provisions concerning this infectious disease. In particular however, the high number of corona cases in the meat-processing industry revealed a need for us to do more in order for occupational safety and health to be effective. With the drafting of new legislation for enforcing occupational safety and health, we are laying down the foundation for greater responsibility on the part of companies, setting out standards harmonized throughout Germany for the inspection work of the state authorities‘ labour inspectorates, and substantially increasing the number of companies that we inspect. The focus will lie upon companies presenting a particularly high potential hazard.
In addition, the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will in future have powers to impose particular occupational safety and health requirements temporarily, including in unusual crisis situations like those of the current pandemic.

However, the challenges presented by the corona pandemic cannot be resolved by politicians alone. We need the support of experts and practitioners in research, industry and institutes. I therefore cordially invite you, with this call for participation, to submit your ideas during the preparations for the A+A Congress 2021. Share your research findings, practical experience and reflections on strategy with your colleagues. Only together will we be able to overcome the challenges facing occupational safety and health now and in the years to come.