DGUV Kompakt - 2015

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December 2015 / January 2016

  • The Second Act to Strengthen Long-Term Care (PSG II) brings with it fundamental improvements to the social long-term care insurance system for those who require care, their relatives and nursing professionals.
  • Interview: DGUV Kompakt spoke with the Managing Director of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), Karl-Sebastian Schulte, about issues relating to OSH and accident insurance as well as future challenges in the world of work.
  • The new Green Paper “Work 4.0 – Thinking ahead about Work” published by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) in April 2015 has opened a dialogue for how we want to work in the future and what opportunities there are for companies, employees, social partners and politicians to design new ways of working.

November 2015

  • The German social insurance system is also affected by increasing digitalisation. This is not only about the protection of sensitive personal data but also the impact on the entire world of work.
  • Interview: DGUV Kompakt spoke with Professor Bernd von Maydell about developments and changes in the German social security system. How well-equipped is the system for future challenges?
  • Many German citizens are volunteering to help the refugees, others are doing this as part of their job. This has resulted in many questions about the insurance coverage provided by the German social accident insurance.

October 2015 - Special Edition on TiSA

  • Since the start of October, the European Union has recommenced negotiations over the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). The aim of the agreement is to liberalise international trade in services. Representatives of the social insurance system have been following the negotiations very closely because the services provided by Germany’s social insurance system could also be affected by TiSA.
  • In a three-year project, the Disability and Rehabilitation Committee of the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) in Brussels, under the auspices of the umbrella association of the social accident insurance institutions in Germany, the DGUV, studied the importance of promoting measures to reintegrate and rehabilitate both nationally and transnationally.
  • Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Better Regulation, presented a comprehensive reforms package designed to improve the process of regulation-setting in the European Union. The general aim is to have fewer and better regulations.

September 2015

  • A delegation from Bangladesh visited Germany in August, to learn about the work and accident prevention, the social standards in Germany as well as the system of social accident insurance.
  • Interview: DGUV Kompakt spoke with four employees of the Chinese rehabilitation center in Bayi about their experiences at BG Hospital Hamburg.
  • After completion of a pilot project at the BG Hospitals Berlin and Duisburg, the process of "Peer Counceling" to help people with amputations will now be expanded nationwide.

July / August 2015

  • Starting this year, certain forms of white skin cancer, actinic keratosis and squamous cell carcinomas, can now be officially recognized as an occupational disease. Therefore, the prevention of skin tumours caused by UV radiation is an important part of the prevention work done by the social accident insurance.
  • Interview: DGUV Kompakt spoke to Isabel Rothe, President of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) about the research project called “Mental Health in the Workplace – Scientific Positioning".
  • Since 2013, the European Commission, in its annual work programmes, has stressed its desire to promote and advance the EU-wide standardisation of health services. In Germany, this has been criticized by various stakeholders including those from the health, insurance and social insurance sectors as well as the Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization (KAN).

June 2015

  • In Germany, there has been a complete ban on the use of asbestos since 1993. Nevertheless, illnesses resulting from asbestos exposure still occur due to its long latency period. Statistics from the German Social Accident Insurance show that more than half of all deaths from occupational diseases can be attributed to asbestos.
  • Interview: DGUV Kompakt spoke with Manfred Wirsch and Dr Rainhardt von Leoprechting, DGUV Chairmen of the Governing Committee, about their commitment to deal with the issue of asbestos and their practical experience and industry-specific know-how.
  • Asbestos-related diseases usually do not appear until many years after contact with the mineral. Follow-up examinations are important to help detect illnesses caused by asbestos early on and thus prevent deterioration and improve the chances of it being treated.

May 2015

  • In order to improve the situation for people with disabilities, the Federal Participation Law is to be adopted during 2016. On 14 April, the working group for the Federal Participation Law met for the ninth and last time.
  • There have been plans for several years to strengthen the topic of prevention in Germany. As per the coalition agreement, the government submitted a proposal last year. In its position statement the DGUV welcomed the basic proposal; but also criticized certain aspects.
  • Interview: DGUV Kompakt speaks about the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and its links with issues regarding OSH, the future design of work and the consequences of “flexibilisation” with Prof Dietmar Reinert, Director of the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the DGUV (IFA)

April 2015

  • Following publication of the negotiation mandate for the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), it is still unclear whether the services offered by the statutory accident insurance institutions will be affected by the agreement.
  • Otto von Bismarck, founder and first chancellor of the German Empire, was born 200 years ago on 1 April 1815. He established the German system of social security. The origins of the social accident insurance also can be traced back to him.
  • DGUV has signed a cooperation agreement with Bangladesh to support the country to establish an accident insurance system. A delegation will visit Germany in summer.
  • Interview: DGUV Kompakt speaks about the review of the EU Working Time Directive and current research on the topic with Prof Dirk Windemuth, Director of the Institute for Work and Health of the DGUV (IAG).

February 2015 - Europe Special Issue

  • Vat reform: Together with the German statutory health and pensions insurance institutions, the DGUV took part in the public consultation on the review of the existing VAT legislation on public bodies and tax exemptions in the public interest.
  • Following the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) the focus of discussion is now extending to a third agreement: the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) – an agreement for liberalization of the services sector. Since TiSA could also have ramifications for benefits delivered by social insurance institutions, the DGUV is following the negotiations closely.
  • Interview: DGUV Kompakt speaks about criticism and concern being voiced regarding the consequences of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on social services and the issue of safety and health at work with Bernd Lange MEP, Chair of the European Parliament‘s International Trade Committee (INTA) and TTIP Rapporteur.


Kathrin Baltscheit
Redaktion DGUV Kompakt
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