Division 4 is responsible for improving the protection of employees working with hazardous substances and biological agents (pathogens). It describes their risks, evaluates them and suggests measures to lower the risks for the employees to an acceptable level. This work is based on results from research and development (R&D) as well as many years of experience with legal obligations and political consulting.
Current research and development focuses on the following:
The EU ordinance for the regulation of industrial chemicals (REACH), the ordinance for the classification, labeling and packaging of chemicals (CLP) and the Chemicals Act for placing on the market of biocidal products form the basis of the legal tasks of the division. Division 4 includes the 'Process Lead REACH Assessment Unit OSH' within the framework of REACH and the 'Process Lead Biocides Assessment Unit OSH', which is part of the authorization of biocidal products. The most important statutory requirements pertain to the following:
Division 4 focuses its political consulting on further development of the European legislation on substances and its specific implementation in technical guidance. The division supports the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) in the enhancement and implementation of the hazardous substances and biological substances ordinance as well as the ordinance concerning occupational prevention. One of the key areas is the joint development of technical rules with the social partners, enforcement bodies and scientific services within the Committee on Hazardous Substances (AGS) and the Committee on Biological Agents (ABAS). The division also handles the business management for these committees. Contributions to health surveillance and occupational health counseling of workers when working with hazardous substances are also presented in the Occupational Medicine Committee (AfAMed).
Director and Professor Dr Rüdiger Pipke
Head of Division 4 Hazardous Substances and Biological Agents
Dr Rolf Packroff
Scientific Director Division 4 Hazardous Substances and Biological Agents