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Unit 3.1 Prevention of Work-related Diseases

The prevention of work-related musculo-skeletal and cardio-vascular diseases are key research areas at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), due to the high potential for prevention and economic relief for social security systems and companies. These diseases are usually caused by a combination of occupational and extra-occupational factors. Knowledge of their multi-factor origin and the resulting, complex prevention strategies are of particular importance for retaining work and employment capability until pension age in times of demographic change. BAuA is committed to taking the necessary technical and strategic steps to investigate their complex interaction in a systematic manner and to derive sustainable, effective prevention strategies. We sustain multi-disciplinary cooperation in research and development, for political consulting and for knowledge transfer and present our issues at a national, European and international level.

We currently focus our work on the following areas:

Research and development

  • Planning and conducting of research projects on work-related musculo-skeletal diseases and work-related cardio-vascular diseases, considering their multi-factor aetiology
  • In the focal areas of development of scientific cooperation for epidemiological research
  • Development and evaluation of methods for the assessment of stress during physical work (risk assessment)

Policy advice

  • Participation in expert committees
  • Answering questions posed by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and the public
  • Active participation in technical committees and work groups at national and international level


Dir'in u. Prof'in Prof. Dr Ute Latza

Head of Unit 3.1 Prevention of Work-related Diseases

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