• Vision Zero

Vision Zero

Vision Zero is the vision of a world without occupational accidents and work-related diseases. Its highest priority is to prevent fatal and serious work accidents and occupational diseases. Vision Zero is the goal of a comprehensive culture of prevention.

As early as 2008, the German Social Accident Insurance’s prevention strategy firmly embedded the goal of shaping working and living environments in such a way that nobody is killed or so severely injured or ill for work reasons that they suffer permanent damage. However, in order for Vision Zero to become a reality one day, prevention work must always be realigned to this goal. This broad and networked approach requires everyone in society to get involved.

The basic maxims are:

  • Life is not negotiable!
  • People make mistakes!
  • Tolerance limits are the physical load limits of humans!
  • People have a basic right to a safe working environment!

If life is not negotiable and people make mistakes, then it is ethically unacceptable to pay for a mistake with a loss of life or a serious injury!

Vision Zero is a strategic, comprehensive and qualitative approach

  • where objectives are formulated and agreed upon,
  • which is geared towards risks and hazards, and
  • which takes into consideration all the circumstances behind accidents at work and on the road, occupational diseases and work-related health hazards.

The goal of zero accidents might seem difficult, but it is the only ethically correct goal that we must work on in the future. Vision Zero provides a strategy to achieve this. Under Vision Zero, safety and health at work are values that companies, organisations and society appreciate and strive for.


Dr. Sven Timm
Central Prevention Division
Strategic Co-operation
Tel: +49 30 13001-2000

Sabine Herbst
Central Prevention Division
Strategic Co-operation
Tel: +49 30 13001-2020

Global Vision Zero Campaign