Press Releases

Go and vote – for democracy, diversity and tolerance (3 Jun 2024)

Europe, which is an area of freedom, security and social progress, is based on full respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law. German social insurance represents these values.

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"Every cent invested in climate protection is also an investment in safe and healthy work" (23 Apr 2024)

Climate change poses a variety of risks for employees. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is drawing attention to this on its World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April 2024.

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Significantly fewer occupational illnesses last year (27 Mar 2024)

The number of reports of suspected occupational diseases fell by more than 60 per cent in 2023. This is according to preliminary figures from the Germans social accident insurance institutions for the past year, which their association, the DGUV, published today.

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No place for cannabis at work and at school (22 Mar 2024)

Commenting on today's discussion of the Cannabis Act in the Bundesrat, Dr Stefan Hussy, Director General of the DGUV, said: "The Cannabis Act will come into force. For the world of work and educational institutions, the German social accident insurance institutions are sticking to their position: cannabis - just like alcohol and other drugs - must have no place here.

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Survey among firefighters: Insults and threats are a sad everyday occurrence on duty (28 Dec 2023)

Experiences of violence on duty are not uncommon for volunteer firefighters. This is the result of a nationwide survey of members of volunteer fire brigades conducted by the DFV together with the DGUV and presented today.

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"Zero tolerance for violence against emergency services personnel" (5 Dec 2023)

The self-governing body of the German social accident insurance is thus taking a stand against all forms of violence against fire and rescue personnel.

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More commuting accidents again after the pandemic (20 Sep 2023)

The number of accidents on the way to work increased in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period the previous year. This is according to preliminary figures from the German social accident insurance institutions.

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More accidents at school and on the way to school again (4 Oct 2022)

Reportable accidents on the way to school increased by about 130 per cent to just over 39,000. But the current figures are still slightly below the numbers from before the pandemic. This is probably the effect of a normalisation in school operations after the closures of many educational institutions.

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COVID-19: Social accident insurance counts over 220,000 insured events since the start of the pandemic (12 Jul 2022)

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the social accident insurance institutions Berufsgenossenschaften (BG) and Unfallkassen (UK) have received more than 350,000 reports of suspected occupational disease (OCD) related to COVID-19.

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DGUV statement on the war in Ukraine (4 Mar 2022)

The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), the umbrella organisation for German Social Accident Insurance Institutions for trade and industry and for the public sector, condemns Vladimir Putin's military attack on Ukraine. For statutory accident insurance institutions, the primary focus is the protection and integrity of each individual person. These values are being trampled upon in the war against Ukraine.

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Stefan Boltz

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Elke Biesel