Key tasks of the section are consulting and research on the following topics:
In the MGU measurement system for exposure assessment of the German Social Accident Insurance Institutions, the "Biological Agents" section supports these institutions in the following tasks:
Where necessitated by the problem at hand, the IFA's microbiological laboratory works in conjunction with external laboratories.
The Biological Agents section is involved in addressing biological issues in a number of expert committees and subcommittees of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV).
The interests of the German Social Accident Insurance institutions are also represented on state committees such as Subcommittees 1 and 2 of the ABAS committee for biological agents. In ABAS UA 1, the unit is responsible for heading the workplace assessment working group. The unit's technical experience is channelled into the work of establishing guidelines and standards in the area of bioaerosols at the VDI/DIN-Commission on Air Pollution Prevention (KRdL) and into the specialist group for quality assurance and diagnostics of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM).