Section VII of the German Social Code was brought into effect by the German legislature in 1996, and expands the prevention mandate of the German social accident insurance system to include the prevention of work-related health hazards. The prevention of work-related health hazards – which include all hazards to the health of an employee which may arise in connection with their work – has long been an integral element of all prevention services delivered by the German Social Accident Insurance, which also cooperate closely with health insurance institutions in the field of workplace health promotion.
A shifting spectrum of stress
Changes in the world of work (e.g. new technologies, greater flexibility and work intensification), an impending lack of skilled personnel, extended working lives and demographic trends are facing companies with new challenges. Changes in working conditions have also resulted in a new spectrum of stress. Understanding interactions between stresses, for example the influence of mental stress on other areas, presents companies with a particular challenge. In the future they will be required to create working conditions that allow their employees to remain healthy and productive until retirement age – which in turn will secure the competitiveness of the companies themselves. By teaching health-conscious behaviour to target groups from kindergarten and school age upwards, the prevention work carried out by the DGUV is already helping the children and young people of today to enter their working life with a healthy outlook.
The DGUV and its Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (IFA) and Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine (IPA) are also highly involved in numerous areas of research.
Safety and Health Department
Workl related health hazards
Tel. 02241 231-1171
Research on occupational safety and health
Dr Roger Stamm
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance
Tel.: 02241 231-2761
Dr Frauke Jahn
Institute for Work and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance
Research and consultancy
Tel.: 0351 457 1800
Occupational Medical Research
Prof Dr Rolf Merget
Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine of the German Social Accident Insurance