Industrial safety and occupational safety and health

Since the birth of the industrial revolution, technical safety has been a cornerstone of occupational safety. Notwithstanding the digital transformation and new forms of employment, it remains at the heart of safe and healthy work. Embedding of occupational safety and health in company management systems, and taking a comprehensive view of working conditions in risk assessment, have given rise to a modern understanding of safety and health at work.

Your practical concepts for technical safety and prevention measures in the company and for modern occupational safety management are indispensable.

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Assessment of working conditions is the key instrument for planning and control of occupational safety and health in Germany, Europe and throughout the world. Have new observations been made or concepts developed for identifying and assessing the work-related risks, stresses and resources of employees? What requirements must a risk assessment now meet in order for its results to be implemented effectively in the form of protective measures?

Safe work requires safe working equipment. Effective market surveillance is needed to ensure that product safety requirements are observed – work equipment procured and used by companies must be safe. What specific aspects must companies consider in practice when purchasing safe work equipment? What concepts are used to ensure that the work equipment procured by a company’s purchasing department for a particular task is safe?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) enables work at hazardous workplaces to be carried out safely in cases where organizational or adequate technical measures for protection are not possible. The use of new materials and smart and innovative approaches enables solutions to be developed that substantially improve safety and health at work.

What conventional measures for personal protection have proven effective? What innovations can be expected to reach the market in the near future? What new products for personal protection have been created for example by digitalization (e.g. exoskeletons, smart glasses, intelligent PPE), and how are they integrated into day-to-day operations as part of the risk assessment?

Each employer has a duty to organize the safety and health of his employees at the workplace. What structures are needed for this purpose, and what existing options can be exploited? Have new strategies emerged by which occupational safety and health concerns can be addressed in the context of company organization, and how can the interplay between the time and location of work be organized as the world of work becomes increasingly flexible?

Technical and industrial safety continues to be a core topic of occupational safety. What new developments have taken place in the body of legislation and regulations? What issues concerning application in practice are currently being discussed? What developments are taking place in the standardization of technical work equipment? How should the technical rules and regulations governing industrial safety be applied efficiently, and how are they to be developed further?

Workplaces must be designed with reference to the state of the art and findings from occupational medical research and other scientific disciplines relating to the safety and health of workers at work. This aspect includes everything in the way of new experience and observations in the design of safe working premises and how the body of technical rules and regulations under the German Workplace Ordinance is to be applied. The indoor guidance values, for example for indoor air quality, are also a significant element, as is implementation of the SARS-COVID-2 occupational health and safety rule for workplaces. Practical examples are of particular interest in this context.