An essential precondition for our safety and health at work, at home and in the leisure area is providing 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 various European general and special directives for technical products in the Product Safety Act (Produktsicherheitsgesetz, 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 (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, BAuA), which are regulated in the ProdSG. The unit supports the authorities in the federal states tasked with market surveillance and informs employees and consumers about various aspects of product safety. The group’s experts further contribute to the improvement of product safety in a consulting role regarding German legislation and the development of European directives as well as 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 are regularly updated.The information is intended for the authorities responsible for market surveillance as well as for manufacturers, business buyers and non-business buyers (consumers).
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