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Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy (GDA)

The federal government, the federal states and the public accident insurance institutions have agreed on the basis of international and European specifications a joint, nationwide occupational safety and health strategy, which was confirmed in November 2007 by the 84th Labour and Social Affairs Ministers' Conference of the Federal States (ASMK). The central objective of the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy (GDA) is to preserve, improve and promote the safety and health of workers by means of an efficiently and systematically implemented occupational safety and health - supplemented by measures of workplace health promotion. For this purpose the safety and health awareness of employers and workers in particular must be enhanced.

The GDA encompasses the development of joint occupational safety and health objectives, the establishment of priority fields of action and cornerstones for work programmes, and their implementation according to uniform principles. All activities and results of the GDA are evaluated using appropriate key figures. At the same time the GDA is aimed at establishing a harmonised procedure on the part of the state authorities responsible for occupational safety and health and the accident insurance institutions in the consultancy for and monitoring of companies; it is also aimed at creating a user-friendly, transparent and harmonised set of rules and regulations.

The GDA is developed, controlled and updated by the National Occupational Safety and Health Conference (NAK). The NAK is made up of three voting representatives from each of the federal government, the federal states and the accident insurers as permanent GDA bodies and up to three consultative representatives of the leading associations of the social partners.
The occupational safety and health forum, in the form of an expert conference, serves to provide direct and regular specialist feedback of the strategy's content and results with occupational safety and health experts, actors in adjacent policy-making domains, science and the specialist public.

The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) provides the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs with knowledge and advice to support it in its function as one of the GDA-bodies. Furthermore, at BAuA the general office of the NAK is permanently installed. The general office supports the NAK in both organisational and content-related matters.

Contact 

General Office of the National Occupational Safety and Health Conference (NAK)
Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)
Nöldnerstraße 40-42
D-10317 Berlin

Phone +49 30 51548-0
Fax +49 30 51548-4135

 

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