The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)
Safe and healthy working conditions mean social progress and a competitive economy. At the same time, the constantly changing working environment presents new challenges for occupational safety and health on a continual basis.
As a ministerial research institution funded by the German Federation, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, BAuA) is tasked with promoting occupational safety and health (OSH) and humane work design. BAuA's diverse research and development activities allow it to monitor issues of long-term significance, thus enabling it to identify evolving trends in the world of work while closing gaps in what is currently known about BAuA's different fields of action. It aims to detect opportunities and risks for employees at an early stage, develop approaches for appropriate, targeted OSH measures, and ensure safety and health concerns are factored in from the very beginning when technological and organisational innovations are introduced. As a result, BAuA’s research not only contributes to the further development of knowledge in specialised, work-related disciplines, but lays the scientific foundations for the action taken by policymakers, official agencies, and workplace OSH practitioners.
BAuA contributes its expertise to specialist policy deliberations, political debates, and societal discussions about relevant questions within its remit. It provides scientific policy advice, firstly by drawing up analyses and opinions, working on national and international bodies, and taking part in cooperative projects, and secondly by directly advising ministries and other interested groups. It supports the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, BMAS) in the management and technical coordination of central initiatives and bodies, such as the New Quality of Work Initiative (Initiative Neue Qualität der Arbeit, INQA) and the Ministry's advisory committees on occupational safety and health. BAuA also hosts the Office of the National Occupational Safety and Health Conference (Geschäftsstelle der Nationalen Arbeitsschutzkonferenz), the Federal Specialist Office for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesfachstelle Sicherheit und Gesundheit bei der Arbeit), the Scientific Office of the Medical Expert Advisory Committee on Occupational Diseases (Wissenschaftliche Geschäftsstelle des Ärztlichen Sachverständigenbeirats "Berufskrankheiten"), and the Coordination and Information Office for the Minimum Wage (Geschäfts- und Informationsstelle für den Mindestlohn).
As the Federal Office for Chemicals (Bundesstelle für Chemikalien, BfC), the Federal Institute is the lead national authority involved in the implementation of statutory provisions relating to chemicals law. In this capacity, it is also responsible for advising German industry and representing Germany’s national positions on technical issues within the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) at Helsinki. Furthermore, it functions as the REACH Assessment Unit OSH (REACH - Bewertungsstelle Arbeitsschutz), which means it is responsible for evaluating the risks chemicals pose to workers.
The Federal Institute's DASA Working World Exhibition (DASA Arbeitswelt Ausstellung) presents basic and practical knowledge about the world of work and humane work design in ways that appeal to a broad audience, as well as raising awareness about the risks and opportunities of changing work practices.
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