Occupational Safety and Health

86 organisations and institutions working together to improve safety and health at work. That’s Basi – the Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health. The A+A Congress, coordinated by Basi, is one of the most important events on the latest OSH topics in Germany and worldwide.

International A+A Congress 2021

At the 37th Congress for Occupational Safety and Health from 26–29 October 2021, stakeholders and decision-makers in occupational safety and health from industry, trade, administration, politics and science will come together. The focus will be on current topics such as Work 4.0, the potential of digitalisation and artificial intelligence for occupational safety and health, working during a pandemic, and the implementation of Vision Zero. Other topics that will be discussed in innovative formats include mobile work, OSH in international supply chains, sustainability in OSH, and the future of work in Europe and worldwide.

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Protecting teleworkers’ safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic

The sudden increase in teleworking from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has put workers at greater risk of musculoskeletal disorders and mental health problems. A new report looks at these risks, the benefits and problems arising from teleworking, and the EU regulations in place to protect workers. It is illustrated with examples from different sectors in several countries of good teleworking practices adopted during the pandemic and highlights the importance of risk assessment. 

37th International A+A Congress 2021 in hybrid format

The 37th International A+A Congress will take place between 26–29 October 2021 for the first time as a congress with streamed hybrid events. The Congress will run in parallel to the A+A World-Leading Trade Fair for Safety and Health in Düsseldorf. The organisation of the congress is particularly challenging for the Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health (Basi). Dr Christian Felten, Managing Director of Basi: ‘Visitors can expect a more compact format, but streaming the event means that more people can take part than has been possible with face-to-face congresses in previous years.’

Start acting now: Why early intervention is key to preventing chronic MSDs

One in every four people in the EU suffer from a chronic musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), such as back pain, upper limb disorder, or osteoporosis, says EU-Osha (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work). Europe’s workforce is ageing, and as a result, chronic MSDs are likely to become even more prevalent. Taking action as soon as symptoms appear is therefore vital to maintaining a healthy workforce, retaining workers, and boosting businesses.