• Prevention


The aim of prevention is to prevent occupational accidents, occupational diseases and work-related health hazards and ensure the delivery of effective first aid. Contemporary prevention pursues a holistic approach comprising measures in the fields of both occupational safety and health (OSH) and health protection.

In Germany this statutory mandate is successfully fulfilled by the German social accident insurance institutions for trade and industry and the public sector. The prevention work they carry out is designed to guarantee safety and health in commercial and public companies, children’s daycare facilities and educational institutions and amongst volunteers (the primary focus being members of volunteer fire brigades). Their duties include consulting and monitoring, research, initial and further training and the dissemination of information – all of which combine to provide a strong foundation for safety and health in companies, educational facilities and the field of road safety.

A rapidly changing world of work and education requires continual adaptation of prevention, in both content and strategy. This was the motivation for the joint "Position of the German Social Accident Insurance on Prevention" adopted by the Members' Meeting of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) on 29 November 2018.

Our goal is Vision Zero (PDF, 6.4 MB, non-accessible) . The basic idea of Vision Zero is that damage to health and life is unacceptable and that every single accident or occupational disease is inherently preventable. Targeted measures are used to minimise risks in the workplace and thus reduce the danger of an accident, an occupational disease or a work-related illness. The goal of Vision Zero is a comprehensive culture of prevention.

The Kommmitmensch prevention campaign pursues this objective with a new, holistic approach. The campaign supports companies and educational establishments in developing a culture of prevention in which all activity is underpinned by safety and health. The campaign is focused on initiatives that bring people together and inspire them to join in.

Prevention pays off

Work and health are important elements of most people’s lives. Everyone wishes to remain healthy – including in their workplace. Businesses and employers are responsible for maintaining the health of their employees, and this entails both the prevention of accidents and delivery of preventive health protection. More . . .

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.

The legal basis of occupational safety and health activity in Germany

The acts and regulations governing occupational safety and health are in many cases transpositions of European Union directives into national law. More . . .

Expert committees at the DGUV

The expert committees established by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) support the fulfilment of its statutory mandate to prevent occupational accidents, accidents on the way to and from work, occupational diseases and work-related health hazards and ensure the delivery of effective first aid. More . . .

Special prevention committees

The Initial and Further Training Committee (AAW) (site in german) is the DGUV’s central expert committee for all training-related issues. More . . .

Initial and further training

Contemporary occupational safety and health (OSH) necessitates a thorough, holistic, process-oriented understanding of safety and health amongst employees. More . . .

Joint German OSH Strategy (GDA)

Acting together – with individual responsibility. This maxim has characterized the German occupational safety and health (OSH) system since 2008, and it is against this backdrop that the German federal government, federal states and social accident insurance institutions – working in cooperation with all relevant OSH stakeholders, and in particular employers and employees – set out a coordinated concept for a "Joint German OSH Strategy" (GDA). More . . .

Prevention networks

Many areas of prevention see the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and German social accident insurance institutions work closely with other prevention stakeholders such as ministries, authorities and other social insurance institutions amongst other organizations. More . . .

Campaigns and Events

Human health is a valuable asset. To ensure German employees remain healthy at work, the German social accident insurance institutions support companies and insured individuals using all appropriate means. More . . .

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Work 4.0

The future world of work will be more digital, more flexible and more networked. This development falls under the umbrella term “Work 4.0”. It is characterised by new forms of work, new working conditions, technological developments from Industry 4.0, and increased networking. further information

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