An essential precondition for our health and safety at work, at home and in the leisure area is the provision of well-designed, mature and tested technical devices (here simply referred to as "products") that should be inherently safe and user-friendly.
In Germany, this goal is primarily supported by the implementation of the various European general and special directives for technical products in the Product Safety Act (ProdSG) and its subordinate special regulations (e.g. regarding machines, electrical devices, toys, etc.), which cover safety engineering aspects from baby pacifiers to large printing presses.
Unit 2.1 mainly works on fulfilling the statutory responsibilities of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), which are regulated in the ProdSG and include support of the work of the authorities in the federal states tasked with market surveillance and information of employees and consumers regarding the different aspects of product safety. The experts of the group further contribute to the improvement of product safety in a consulting role regarding German legislation and the development of European directives and national, European and international basic standards.
BAuA's product safety portal is managed by Unit 2.1 and provides important official notifications and other current information concerning 'safe products', which is regularly updated by the group and intended for the authorities responsible for market surveillance as well as for manufacturers, business buyers and non-business buyers (consumers).
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