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37th International A+A Congress 2021 – intensive OSH expertise in concentrated format

Occupational safety and health specialists will come together at the 37th International A+A Congress from 26 to 29 October 2021. Expert know-how will be presented and extensively discussed in around 25 series of on-site events, some of which will also be streamed online. ‘The situation with Corona and current entry regulations unfortunately make it necessary for us to focus on essential topics this time. This also means we can offer all our speakers and visitors the highest possible level of safety on site’, said Dr Christian Felten, Managing Director of Basi (Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health).

A+A 2021: strong commitment of the industry to the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Safety, Security and Health at Work

The OSH industry looks forward to A+A as a physical trade fair in autumn 2021. This is confirmed by the exhibitor registrations received until today. From 26 to 29 October 2021 over 1,000 companies will showcase their products, solutions and global innovations to predominantly European visitors at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. The exhibitor database, which provides a detailed overview of all participating companies and their products and services, will go online on 2 August 2021.

Regulating telework and occupational safety and health in a post-COVID world

Telework looks likely to become a permanent feature of employment for many organisations following the COVID-19 pandemic. But to what extent is this form of work covered by legislation to protect workers? A new report — informed by a survey of EU-OSHA’s national focal points and a literature review — examines how telework is regulated at EU and national levels.

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. 

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.

Lighten the Load: Basi is a Media Partner of EU-OSHA to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) remain the number one work-related health problem and, to support their prevention, EU-OSHA started the 2020-2022 campaign: “Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load” with several Official and Media Partners. Basi, Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health, is the campaign's sole German media partner. Around 60% of all workers with a work-related health problem identify MSDs as their most serious issue, which means that the work on prevention and awareness-raising is far from over.

Preparations for the A+A Congress 2021 have begun

A large number of excellent proposals for presentations on OSH and prevention have been submitted for the A+A Congress 2021 in Düsseldorf. The Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health (Basi) is very grateful for all proposals and has now started preparing the congress. The online portal for submitting proposals closed on 31 January 2021. However, if you missed the deadline and would still like to present an interesting topic at the A+A Congress, please contact the Basi team directly by calling +49 2241 231 6000 or via email: info@basi.de

Update to EU guidance on adapting workplaces and protecting workers in time of COVID-19

In a world of work severely affected by the current pandemic, employers and workers have to implement new procedures and practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. Occupational safety and health (OSH) offers practical support for adapting work to the new circumstances, and contributes to suppressing transmission of COVID-19. To help in this process, EU-OSHA has just released a revision of the OSH EU guidance.

The world of work and Corona – dealing with its effects

The pandemic affects each person differently, depending on where and how they are employed. Professor Nico Dragano from Düsseldorf University Hospital is working with his team to investigate the effects of the Corona pandemic. In an interview with the Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health (Basi), he explains how the impact of the pandemic can be managed and what this means for the 37th International A+A Congress. Professor Dragano lectures in Medical Sociology and his research interests include psychosocial risk factors in the workplace.

ILO launched International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour 2021

Child labour has decreased by 38 per cent in the last decade but 152 million children are still affected. The Covid-19 pandemic has considerably worsened the situation, but joint and decisive action can reverse this trend. The International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Alliance 8.7  global partnership, is launching the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour , to encourage legislative and practical actions to eradicate child labour worldwide.

‘A German law can act as a role model’

A recent analysis carried out by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) deals with the issue of a legal regulation on corporate due diligence in global supply chains. In a Basi interview, Veronika Ertl, Development Policy Advisor at the KAS, talks about the options for regulating companies to comply with human rights and environmental protection regulations.

Call for Participation: Looking for ideas on future topics

The 37th International A+A Congress will be, more than ever, a platform for future topics. Basi is inviting its members and the entire German, European and international professional public to contribute to the content and methodology of the congress with its Call for Participation starting in September 2020. Basi members recently took part in a member survey and were involved in an online workshop.

New Date for TOS+H EXPO: May 14 to 17 2022

Following the postponement of the TOS+H EXPO due to the effects of Coronavirus Covid-19, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and its local partner Tezulaş Fuar are announcing a new date. The fourth edition of the leading trade fair for Turkish Occupational Safety and Health will take place from May 14 to 17 2022.

Postponement of OS+H Asia to 9 – 11 December 2020

The 12th edition of Occupational Safety and Health Exhibition for Asia has been postponed until the end of the year and will take place from 9-11 December 2020. The exhibition was originally scheduled for 26-28 August. As the region’s leading exhibition centred on workplace safety and health, OS+H Asia 2020 will now be strategically-held alongside MEDICAL FAIR ASIA, a synergy that was well-received in earlier editions.

TOS+H EXPO 2020 at new exhibition centre in Istanbul

In Istanbul TOS+H EXPO continues its positive development as the most important regional event for occupational safety and health from 3 to 6 May 2020. Demand for exhibition space is high because safety and health at work are as important as ever for Turkish companies. The trade fair and congress benefit from a strong OSH legislation with far-reaching safety provisions that impact all sectors of Turkish industry, education and the mining sector. This year some 95,000 new jobs are to be created by investment in occupational health and safety by the Ministry for Industry and Technology.

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.

Global Health & Education: a UNESCO Chair and UNITWIN Network

A new world-wide initiative in school health and safety promotion was launched for the coming four years at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris: the Global Health & Education UNESCO Chair and UNITWIN Network. This initiative provides a framework for participating universities to share their interests with partner organisations and institutions —for example, ENETOSH— in creating a new culture linking health and education.

Burnout in the workplace: A review of data and policy responses in the EU

The report looks at the extent of burnout experienced by workers in the EU, based on national research. As a starting point, the report sets out to consider whether burnout is viewed as a medical or occupational disease. It then examines the work determinants associated with burnout and looks at the effects of burnout.

Strengthening Social Europe through Healthier Workplaces for Safer Workers

Event Details: 15th March 2018 Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm in Brussels According to recent data from Eurostat (2016) every year more than 3 million EU-28 workers are involved in serious accidents at work, which force them to take at least four days of workplace absence. The European Agency for Safety and Health at work (EU-OSHA) reports that 15% of EU workers have to handle dangerous substances as part of their job, and another 15% report breathing in smoke, fumes, powder or dust at work.

Open Round Table on the Future of Work

Open Round Table on the Future of Work A public Round Table on the Future of Work takes place on 5 February 2018 in the European Commission's Berlaymont building in Brussels. The event is organised [...]

World Day against Child Labour 2017

12 June - World Day Against Child Labour The World Day Against Child Labour this year focused on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour.

Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work

Violence against women and men in the world of work is an abuse of power that affects the most marginalised workers. Women are disproportionately affected where unequal power relations, low pay, non-standard working conditions and other workplace abuses expose them to violence in the world of work. This report draws on the work of Global Union Federations and 35 national case studies.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017 – Accurate data will help to save live

"Countries that have good data will be better placed to fulfil their commitment to implement and report on the global plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," says ILO Director-General on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28th April 2017.

Flexible Work in the Digital Age

New technologies such as mobile devices and mobile internet are increasingly challenging the concepts of a fixed workplace and regular working hours. The objective of the conference is to discuss recent scientific contributions on the causes and consequences of this development. The conference takes an interdisciplinary approach and aims to bring together researchers from the fields of economics, management, occupational medicine, psychology, and sociology.

Transforming lives. Shaping societies

The World Social Security Forum took place in Panama City, Panama, from 14 to 18 November 2016. The Forum is the largest and most important international event for social security and involved more than 1,000 participants, including ministers, administrators, CEOs and senior managers from ISSA member organizations in all world regions.

Alliance 8.7 against forced labour

The mission of Alliance 8.7 is to assist all UN member States to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

VISION ZERO

The First VISION ZERO Europe Conference on 7 - 9 September 2016 is a new approach to strengthen Safety & Health at Work in Mining, Quarries, Aggregates & Cement Industries.

Letterbox-type Companies in the European Union –

The use of letterbox-type companies by employers to circumvent and avoid labour law, Collective Labour Agreements (CLAs), social security contributions and corporate taxes is currently undermining the European Social Model and public finances.

World Social Security Forum

The World Social Security Forum "Transforming lives. Shaping societies" starts 14 – 18 November 2016 in Panama City, Panama.

Vision Zero Fund in Myanmar

Global prevention fund aims to strengthen occupational safety and health in producing countries such as Myanmar.

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