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Occupational safety and health objectives 2013 - 2018

In the years 2013 -2018, the German government, federal states and public accident insurance institutions will concentrate their prevention activities on the attainment of the three joint occupational safety and health objectives.

  • Improvement in the organisation of company occupational safety and health (ORGA)
  • Reduction in work-related health hazards and musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)
  • Protection and strengthening of health in the case of work-related mental load (PSYCH)

The objective "Improvement in the organisation of company occupational safety and health" focuses particularly on the integration of safety and health into corporate processes and decision-making areas as well as an improvement in the implementation of the risk assessment.

Focal points of action in the field of work-related health hazards and musculoskeletal disorders concentrate on the healthy design of activities involving one-sided load situations and little movement, on the one hand, and activities with high physical strains, on the other.

The attainment of the objective "Protection and strengthening of health in the case of work-related mental load" will initially involve developing activities and tools which permit early identification and assessment with regard to health hazards. Furthermore, preventive measures which relate to the work organisation as well as the promotion of health and skills are to be developed and implemented to reduce work-related mental loads.

The decision on the future occupational safety and health objectives was preceded by an intensive consultation process of the representatives of the German government, federal states, public accident insurance institutions and the social partners represented in the NAK as well as by a written survey of the stakeholders in the field of OSH. The aim of the consultation was to provide the design and further development of the GDA objectives a broad-based and diverse foundation as well as to determine interfaces for joint activities with cooperation partners to achieve the objectives.