Department 2 focuses on the configuration of technical products, particularly work equipment and socio-technical work systems. Its goal is to reduce the risks for working people and to configure the world of work so that it responds to the needs of people.
Starting from the health and safety oriented configuration of technical products as the first step in the chain of prevention, on this basis, the socio-technical work system is brought under consideration, with the elements of the workplace, the individual, the work equipment, -task, -process and -environment. In addition to the configuration of the product, during the configuration of the work systems, the context of use, particularly the health and safety oriented use of the work equipment, is of primary importance.
The key tasks of the department are
Its key areas of focus in research and development are
In the area of policy consultation, the department supports political institutions with the provi-sion of scientifically based specialist expertise. The key focus of the support lies with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), and encompasses special advice on product safety and the configuration of work systems during the setting and implementation of regulations, as well as the participation in national, European and international consultative committees, including the administrative committees for the standardisation and the drafting of regulations. In addition, the department is also home to the Product Safety Commission (AfPS), the Committee for Workplaces (ASTA) and the Committee on Occupational Safety (ABS).
According to the Product Safety Act, the statutory tasks of the department range from work equipment to consumer products. The key tasks encompass