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The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) is a governmental research institution which advises the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in all matters of safety and health and contributes to the humane design of work.
As a federal institution with R&D functions the Federal Institute operates at the interface between science and politics and renders transfer services from the science system into policy, corporate practice and the broader society and vice versa. BAuA's tasks range from policy advice, the performance of sovereign duties and transfer into corporate practice through to the educational and instructional work done by DASA Working World Exhibition. The basis of the work are specialist competencies which can be called on at short notice in all areas of occupational safety and health, the ability to deal continuously with long-term questions as well as neutrality and independence.
The tasks of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) are described as follows in the new version of the establishment decree of 22.01.2009:
The Federal Institute maintains an exhibition as a permanent, actively educational facility in order to educate the general public about the world of work, its status for the individual and society and the significance of the humane design of work.