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Committee on Safety and Health at Work (ASGA)

The advisory body to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on the Safety and Health at Work Act

ASGA is a new body created to advise the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, BMAS) on all issues relating to the German Safety and Health at Work Act (Arbeitsschutzgesetz, ArbSchG). Experts from all fields of occupational safety and health work together on the committee to develop the framework of regulations that implement the Act.

The legal foundations for the Committee on Safety and Health at Work are laid down in the new Section 24a of the Safety and Health at Work Act.

Except where they fall within the competence of another committee of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, ASGA's tasks are, in particular,

  • to determine the state of the art of technology, occupational medicine, and hygiene and other established findings of ergonomics relevant to employees' safety and health,
  • to determine regulations and findings that can be used to meet the requirements set out in the legislation,
  • to draw up recommendations concerning safety and health at work,
  • to advise the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on all issues relating to occupational safety and health.

The Committee cooperates closely with the other committees established by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Composition

ASGA was formed by the BMAS in August 2021 for a term of office that ends in 2025. It has fifteen members and fifteen alternate members, who contribute expert knowledge and represent the concerns of the groups from which they are drawn, carrying out their work on an honorary basis (a list of the Committee’s members will be added to this page in due course).

The following officers were elected at the committee’s constituent meeting on 23 September 2021:

  • Chair: Prof. Anke Kahl, University of Wuppertal
  • Deputy chairs: Mr Markus Hofmann, German Trade Union Confederation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB), and Mr Jens Dirk Wohlfeil, Federation of German Employers' Associations in the Metal and Electrical Engineering Industries (Arbeitgeberverband Gesamtmetall e.V.)

Further information will be added to this page in due course.

Contact

ASGA Administration

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Nöldnerstr. 40-42 D-10317 Berlin, Germany

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