Safety and health at work has rapidly gained a much higher profile – not least as a result of the pandemic. At the same time, COVID-19 has led to a surge in digitalisation, including in the world of work. For example, remote working has become routine for many employees. It is too early to say how much the working world will change in the long term as a result of the pandemic. What is clear, however, is that there is no turning back the clock.
In addition to the pandemic, we are currently facing other challenges. Energy scarcity as a result of the war of aggression against Ukraine means we need to do more to save energy, both at home and in the workplace. This also has implications for occupational safety and health. Last but not least, structural change in the economy and society also remains an important issue. Climate change, decarbonisation and new technologies such as artificial intelligence require a new way of thinking. In the framework of the ARBEIT: SICHER + GESUND programme, we at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs have therefore launched a comprehensive consultation process with relevant partners. We want to find concrete answers that offer guidance for practical use in the workplace.
Sustainability is a key issue for the A+A Congress 2023. Sustainable economic management is not only about environmentally friendly production processes, but also social sustainability and decent working conditions. Safety and health at work is essential in this context.