Visitors from all over the world descend on 36th A+A Congress 2019
The 36th International Congress for Occupational Safety and Health attracted around 5,000 visitors. International delegations came from Pakistan, Myanmar and Bangladesh, as well as from Eastern Europe. The events at the CCD Congress Centre Düsseldorf were well attended from day one. The panel discussion on ‘Good Work Worldwide’ attracted a particularly large audience. International representatives discussed concrete actions and legal regulations for changing working conditions, social conditions and supply chains in countries such as Myanmar, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Politicians, entrepreneurs, practitioners from OSH authorities and representatives from the social security authorities sat down at the same table to work together. The aim is Vision Zero – the vision of a world without work-related accidents and illnesses. This was also the topic of discussion of the Vision Zero Business Council (Vision Zero), which was held in English, as well as discussions on the future of work and occupational safety in Europe and ‘Innovation in Prevention’ (an ISSA event). Other popular events held in English were the meetings for the ENSHPO and ENETOSH networks.
Additional important topics at the 36th International A+A Congress included the measurement of musculoskeletal strain and the challenges of mobile work. There was also a great deal of interest in the latest technological developments for supporting people with disabilities in their working life. Examples of these technologies included exoskeletons and innovative assistance systems, which were presented at their own special events. The wide-ranging and exciting programme on the stages for ‘Safety & Security’ and ‘Health & Workplace Design’ in the exhibition halls attracted large audiences. The final event set the stage for university students studying occupational safety and health to have the first ever Prevention Slam hosted by Basi. The winner was Max Osswald with his piece ‘Die at Your Workplace’, in which he protested against the bad treatment of domestic ghosts in the workplace.
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Future of Work
Prevention 4.0 – The Joint German Occupational safety and Health Strategy
Vision Zero and Globalization
Personal Protective Equipment PPE
Future of OSH in Europe
Network Meetings and Workshops
ENETOSH – How to reach young people?
ENSHPO – Linking environmental protection and occupational health and safety
ISHCCO – Occupational Health and Safety Professionals: qualified for Europe
What do people working in OSH need for the challenges they face in their everyday work? What’s the latest from research, policy and current projects that can be used for assessing working conditions, for Work 4.0 or for health and mental well-being? These questions and an exchange with experts are the focus of the new series “Hands-OnInteractive” which had four events on 6-7 November 2019. (Only in German language)
Focus on OSH Professions
Workplace health and safety is a dynamically growing area of employment. Companies need to invest more time and effort into prevention and health promotion in order to attract new employees. This current trend was the focus of the A+A Congress 2019 when it kicked off “In focus: OSH Professions – Job Training, Further Training and Cooperation”. This topic looks at issues such as education and job training, the discussion on the respective strengths of OSH professions, as well as opportunities and the need to cooperate. This is targeted at OSH professionals, university staff and students, as well as trainees and apprentices. They also experienced the very first “Prevention Slam” in the tradition of a science slam. (Only in German language)
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Statement by Bruno Zwingmann , CEO of the German Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health (Basi) on the occasion of the 36th International Congress for Occupational Safety and Occupational Medicine A+A (5-8 November 2019)
The latest research results on corporate health and safety will be presented at the 36th International Congress for Occupational Safety and Occupational Medicine 2019, from 5 to 8 November 2019, and will be combined with the practical experiences of players from industry and administration.
The A+A Congress is the most important joint event in occupational health and safety in Germany, and is held in parallel with the A+A trade fair, the global marketplace for products and services in personal protection, operational safety and health and a healthy workplace. Specialists will be at hand, providing information about current solutions to the challenges of new risks under Work 4.0 and new design opportunities as well as exchanging ideas with those working in the practical field.
Basi, the German Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health, is expecting to see over 5,000 convention delegates at the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf South.
There will be around 40 series of events, providing a discussion forum on the latest scientific findings and practical experiences as well as an intensive exchange between politicians and business representatives.
New event formats will be presented, such as “Practice Interactive”, providing further opportunities to explore innovative tools and processes and discuss them with specialists.
“Focus on Professions” on the subject of “Expertise for Change” is aimed at the various preventative healthcare professions as well as university lecturers. Moreover, Focus on Professions will feature the first “Prevention Slam” and awards for contributions to the topic “For me, a healthy workplace means…”.
Work 4.0 and the challenges of digitisation
The digitisation of jobs and procedures (“Industry 4.0”) is steadily moving ahead, impacting the entire structure of our working environment. In the last legislative period the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) started to deliver the initiative Work 4.0, with important stimuli to the public discussion on the opportunities and risks of digitisation. These issues will be the focus of a central event on 5 November at the A+A Congress 2019. There can be no doubt that continual professional development will play an even greater role in sustaining and expanding the relevant skills.
Feeling rested instead of being continually available and exhausted
Anyone who is continually available often feels that they haven’t been getting enough rest. This is borne out by a report entitled “Safety and Health at Work” (SuGA 2017), written annually by the German Federal Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (BAuA) for the Federal German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS). A working hours survey in 2017 showed that more than half of those in full-time employment (56%) feel completely rested when they start work. More than a quarter of all respondents (28%) feel somewhat rested, while about every sixth person (16%) says they haven’t had enough rest at all before starting work. The share of well-rested people drops in proportion to the number of working hours as well as the amount of overtime. A similarly negative effect can be observed with overlapping shifts and regular weekend work. Those who start work after a good rest report less physical and emotional exhaustion. One point of discussion at the A+A Congress 2019 will be how a person’s working hours can be modified in favour of a good work-life balance and thus a better rest.
Taking action against sickness
The latest figures from the German Federal Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (BAuA) show that employees took an average of 16.7 days of sick leave in 2017. The topmost item on the list continues to be musculoskeletal issues, with 22.5% of all days of sick leave. The second place is taken by mental and behavioural issues (16%), and respiratory issues accounted for every seventh day of sick leave (13.9%). The events at the A+A Congress will feature specialists discussing proven practical solutions, designed to keep older employees, in particular, healthy for longer.
“Practice Interactive” – piloted in 2017 – is now being expanded.
It will focus largely on issues of assessing working conditions, e.g. in relation to tools and processes involving the workforce and their collaboration with other departments. New concepts will be discussed concerning environmental problems in the workplace and Workplace 4.0 as well as mental and general health issues, integration and inclusion. What do players in health and safety need in order to cope with their day-to-day challenges? What helpful innovations are there in research, politics and current projects? The discussion of these issues will be the focus of “Practice Interactive”, with four events on 6 and 7 November 2019.
Focus on Professions
Health and safety at work is a rapidly growing sector. Basi, the German Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health, will therefore take a close look at the relevant professions in preventative healthcare, health promotion, integration and inclusion. All of these are affected by the central question of the event as a whole: Which areas of expertise will be required for a transformation? What is relevant to each person’s own profession? How will the professions work together more closely?
What are the challenges of the future? These questions are also the topic of a Basi survey, and the initial results will be presented at the A+A Congress 2019.
8 November 2019 will centre around: “In Focus: Health and Safety Professions – Initial and Further Training and Collaboration”.
As well as discussing issues of initial training and the strengths of each profession, the convention will look the options and the need for collaboration. The target group will comprise professionals, university lecturers, students and trainees. This will also be the first time that a “Prevention Slam” is held, with entertaining talks before a large audience. As the name suggests, speakers will be competing for the audience’s favour within a specified time frame. The Prevention Slam will involve students from all disciplines dealing with health and safety at work. Based on their knowledge of occupational health and safety, the contestants will be giving amusing presentations to the audience.
The motto is “ “For me, a healthy workplace means…”
The full thematic spectrum of preventative healthcare
The A+A Congress 2019 will offer events on all the important issues of health and safety at work as well as on traditional issues such as operational and machine safety, physical impact, hazardous and biological substances, dust minimisation in construction, musculoskeletal strain and violence at work, as well as the non-visual effect of light, impacting, for instance, a person’s day/night cycle.
Going beyond the discussion of Work 4.0, there will also be a focus on innovative assistance systems in production and a critical debate on the “Controversy of Exoskeletons” with their opportunities and risks for occupational health and safety. Other topics will be mobile working concepts as well as work time organisation and a safe and healthy corporate culture.
Last but not least, another important subject will be cooperation with active players on an industry-wide level, based on the German Preventative Healthcare Act and the country’s first national preventative healthcare report. This will include the corporate level, talking to works and staff councils in occupational health and safety about new approaches in collective bargaining policies, e.g. on introducing flexible working hours. An entire all-day event will be dedicated to new opportunities for action and the role of disabled representatives in preventative healthcare.
Good Work Worldwide
In addition to Work 4.0 and Preventative Healthcare 4.0, the international programme of the A+A Congress 2019 will have an all-day event on the subject of “Good Work Worldwide”, looking at projects in collaboration with Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries in the development of health and safety structures and expertise. The organisers are planning to include talks on the “Vision Zero Fund” for globally active Vision Zero coaches, given by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA). Moreover, conferences will be held by networks of health and safety professionals on the European level – the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and the EU Commission.
Focal areas of the A+A trade fair
As before, the international A+A trade fair will be an occasion for the German Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health (Basi) to invite its members and partners to gather at the Health & Safety Meeting Point in Hall 10. Around 100 exhibitors are expected to attend. Right next to them will be WorkPlace Design & Ergonomics and Corporate Health & Safety with a joint Trend Forum, and there will also be a Trend Forum on Safety and Security in Hall 11. This area will have new exhibitors with digital solutions and products, such as collaborating robots and exoskeletons, as well as new ideas for “ancient” ailments, such as backache, healthy nutrition and state-of-the-art ergonomics in production and at the office.
Sankt Augustin, February 2019