DGUV Kompakt 2019

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December 2019 /January 2020

  • The new Social Compensation Act has been adopted in order to better care for victims of violence in the future. Under the new law, social accident insurance will be responsible for the provision of medical aids. The Bundesrat also recommends that an evaluation be carried out before the law comes into force in 2024. The aim is to determine whether it makes sense to transfer further benefit areas to social accident insurance.
  • The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has submitted a draft bill for improving the law on occupational diseases. This includes numerous proposals from the White Paper ‘Occupational Diseases Legislation 2016’ published by the DGUV. DGUV Kompakt discussed the key points with Dr Edlyn Höller, Deputy Director General of the DGUV.
  • High emotions and beaming faces: kommmitmensch, the current prevention campaign of the German social accident insurance institutions organised the inaugural Film & Media Festival in conjunction with Messe Düsseldorf as part of the A+A Congress. The festival’s winners were honoured for their video productions promoting occupational safety and health.


  • For 100 years, safety representatives have been volunteering to improve safety and health in German companies and public institutions. More than ever, their duties require a high level of methodological and social competence. The German Social Accident Insurance institutions support their work with comprehensive training programmes.
  • Trust is good, but is monitoring better? DGUV Kompakt spoke with Professor Dirk Windemuth, Director of the Institute for Work and Health of the DGUV, about the importance of trust with regard to working time and how managing remotely can work.
  • In 2020, Germany’s most prestigious media award for disabled sports celebrates its 20th anniversary. The German Paralympic Media Award is presented by the German Social Accident Insurance to outstanding media coverage of inclusion and rehabilitation in disabled sports. Entries are still open until 13 December 2019.


  • An annual survey conducted by the German social accident insurance institutions shows that the number of serious and fatal workplace and commuting accidents is stagnating. The aim of targeted prevention priorities is to further reduce these numbers – starting with road safety.
  • Ilka Wölfle, Director of the European Representation of the German Social Insurance, speaks with DGUV Kompakt about the importance of social policy following the European elections and about the German EU Council Presidency in 2020.
  • On 1 September, the 'Jugend will sich-er-leben' (Young People Living Life and Living Safely) prevention programme for apprentices and trainees launched a new campaign on addiction. The campaign is offered to all vocational schools in Germany via the regional German social accident insurance institutions.


  • Digitalisation is creating major internal and external challenges for social accident insurance. DGUV Kompakt spoke with Dr Stefan Hussy, the new Director General of the DGUV, and Dr Edlyn Höller, Deputy Director General, about these and other upcoming challenges.
  • The National Prevention Conference (NPK) has issued its first report. It includes specific figures for the first time: in 2017, NPK members invested more than €1.8 billion in prevention services, of which around €1.2 billion came from the German social accident insurance system alone. Despite this, only one in five companies have taken up prevention services.
  • E-scooters have been receiving a lot of bad press this summer. Many users underestimate the dangers of small electric vehicles. Tips on how to ride safely are listed on the DGUV website.


  • The School Digital Pact adopted by the Federal and State Governments puts infrastructure and digital equipment into German classrooms. The German social accident insurance institutions welcome the programme but also provide advice on how to use new media correctly. This includes ergonomics, mental health and media literacy.
  • For 17 years, Professor Breuer has guided the course of the DGUV. In the future, the outgoing Director General wants to get more involved in healthy and safe workplaces at international level. DGUV compact spoke with him about global developments and relationships, about changes needed and steadfast principles.
  • They are silent and fast – stand-up e-scooters are a source of potential danger on our roads that shouldn’t be underestimated. The German Bundesrat has now approved legislation, which stipulates that the sidewalk remains a protected area. The German Social Accident Insurance welcomes this decision.


  • The Council Recommendation on access to social protection initiated by the European Commission is to be formally adopted by the middle of the year. The Commission wants to stimulate national debates and reforms in order to extend social security for employees and the self-employed.
  • The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. DGUV Kompakt spoke with its Director, Dr Christa Sedlatschek, about what EU-OSHA can do to support EU countries in the changing world of work.
  • According to the European Commission, around 25,000 people lost their lives in road traffic accidents in 2017. New rules for better road safety were passed by the EU Parliament at the end of March. These include mandatory turn-assist systems for buses and trucks. By 2024, these must be installed in all new vehicles.


  • At the end of 2018, the DGUV Member’s Meeting adopted a revised position on prevention. It describes in ten points the most important action areas for safety and health in the changing worlds of work and education.
  • More than 300 million people worldwide still live in extreme working poverty. For 100 years, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been committed to advancing social justice through decent work. The ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work recently published a report setting out a people-centred agenda. Interview with Dr Annette Niederfranke, Director of the ILO Office for Germany, on the report’s content, implementation and outlook.
  • After a series of long negotiations, the European Labour Authority (ELA) is due to start operations this year. Its most important goal is fair, non-bureaucratic labour mobility within the EU. The German Social Insurance (DSV), representative of the umbrella associations of Germany’s social insurance institutions, has criticised the transfer of bodies and tasks from the Administrative Commission for the Coordination of Social Insurance Systems to the ELA.

February / March

  • The German Social Accident Insurance has released its new Strategy Paper on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It stipulates that inclusion is a cross-cutting, leadership task. It also aims to strengthen and promote disability sport structures in Germany.
  • Are 'analogue' museums still relevant? More than ever, says Gregor Isenbort, Director of the DASA Working World Exhibition in Dortmund. In an interview with DGUV Kompakt he talks about the challenges of staying topical and relevant in the digital age and gives us a sneak peek at future topics at the museum.
  • Brexit and its impact are causing a great deal of uncertainty. An unregulated withdrawal of the UK from the European Union is becoming increasingly likely. The German Social Accident Insurance has published information on its website about insurance protection, contribution obligations and compensation.


Kathrin Baltscheit
Redaktion DGUV Kompakt
+49 30 13001-1431

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