Strategies for safety and health at work

As in private life, physical health and the psyche are linked in many different ways in the world of work.

With the adverse consequences of the corona pandemic, such as job losses and company bankruptcies, awareness is growing that safety and health at work is a crucial basis for all economic activity. At the same time, the digital transformation is radically changing the way a large proportion of employees work. Others continue to face the more familiar risks of accident at the workplace. Companies that implement sustainable measures in the field of occupational safety and health can expect a high return on prevention, for example under the keywords „vision zero“ or „good work“. Implementation of the GDA in Germany requires innovative concepts.

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Accompanied as it is by rapid technological developments, the digital transformation is changing the way we produce things and how most services are delivered. The way we obtain information has changed. The same is true of how we communicate with each other – and of how we can, or must, implement safety and health at work.

How can the current safety standards in traditional businesses be adapted to the new conditions? How do we address the issue of responsibility for safety and health at work? How can safety standards be laid down, observed and monitored in new, hitherto unknown forms of work? How can Germany’s statutory accident insurance and state occupational safety and health bodies work together even more effectively?

The digital transformation is accompanied by new forms of stress – but also by numerous opportunities. With the means now at our disposal to interpret huge volumes of data automatically, we are able to simulate situations with a bearing upon safety and develop suitable solutions for them. Artificial intelligence, for example, is now well established in society and the world of work and is being used in many areas to simplify or speed up work processes.

The changes artificial intelligence (AI) is bringing to society and the world of work, and what guidelines are needed for AI to be secure, transparent and comprehensible, remain unclear and the subject of much discussion.

Products are passed from company to company around the globe in international supply chains. Initiatives such as the ISSA’s Vision Zero Strategy and the Vision Zero Fund have made us conscious of the fact that, as part of a global economy, we in Germany have a responsibility for ensuring that labour, social and environmental standards are known worldwide and can be implemented at all affected workplaces, whether at home or abroad. What resources and concepts can we draw upon to attain these targets?

In many countries, SMEs form the backbone of the economy. Strategies for safety and health at work must therefore take account of the particular conditions under which SMEs operate. On the one hand, only limited human resources are available for setting up and maintaining organizational structures for occupational safety and health. On the other, micro-enterprises often find adequate solutions beyond the formal regulatory framework.

What consulting concepts can we use to address the specific needs of SMEs; what instruments exist with low barriers to entry that enable us to foster self-help?

Each worker brings his or her own particular background, experience and skills to the job. What opportunities does this create for companies seeking to thrive against the backdrop of a globalized economy, demographic change and regional shortages of skilled workers?

Globalization and the digital transformation both place demands on service providers, consultants and players in occupational safety and health at company level. No one profession, whether that of engineer, occupational physician, psychologist, chemist or biologist – and many others besides – can claim to be able to face the diverse challenges alone.

What does this mean for the training concepts of the various institutions and organisations? What new requirements arise for joint projects and networks involving different professions?

Accidents on commuting and business journeys and at the workplace in the transport sector are frequent, potentially affecting employees, companies and public institutions. The incidence in Germany of serious and fatal accidents in the industries and activities concerned is among the highest in the world. Action is needed not only on the part of the state: companies also need concepts for promoting correct behaviour by their employees on their journeys to and from work. Ways must also be found of exploiting the benefits of digitalization even further, through the procurement and use of modern assistive systems in vehicles.