Occupational Medicine Committee (AfAMed)
The AfAMed develops and supervises the Occupational Medical Regulations (AMR) for the Ordinance on Occupational Health Care (ArbMedVV).
Since its inception in 2009, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has been managing the business of the Committee on Occupational Medicine (AfAMed). The committee, which is composed of representatives of employers, trade unions, state authorities, statutory accident insurers and other persons from science and practice, advises the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) on all issues of medical occupational safety and health.
Tasks of AfAMed
According to section 9 subsection 3 ArbMedVV, AfAMed has the following tasks:
- to determine appropriate rules and other assured occupational medical knowledge in accordance with the state of the art of occupational medicine,
- to determine rules and findings on how the requirements set out in this regulation can be met, in particular regarding the content and scope of mandatory, proposed and desired provisional health care,
- to make recommendations on occupational provisional health care,
- to make recommendations for further provisional health care measures, in particular for in-company health care programmes,
- to determine rules and findings on other occupational health care measures pursuant to section 1 subsection 3, in particular on the general occupational healt care advice for the employees,
- to advise the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on all aspects of occupational provisional health care as well as on other issues of medical occupational safety
The Committee works closely with the other committees at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The Work Programme of the Committee for Occupational Medicine is coordinated with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
- Appointment periods of AfAMed
- Ordinance on Occupational Health Care (ArbMedVV)
- Subcommittees and project groups
Appointment periods of AfAMed
The constituent meeting for the first appointment period took place on 19 March 2009 in Berlin. On 10 February 2015, AfAMed entered the second appointment period with a constituent meeting.
Ordinance on Occupational Health Care (ArbMedVV)
With the Ordinance on Occupational Health Care (ArbMedVV), entered into force on 24 December 2008 and last amended on 23 October 2013, the corner stone for the committee on occupational medicine was laid at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS). The aim of the ordinance (according to section 1 of the ArbMedVV) is to recognise and prevent work-related illnesses including occupational diseases at an early stage through measures of occupational health care. At the same time, occupational health care should contribute to the maintenance of employability and the further development of occupational health protection.
Subcommittees and project groups
The tasks of AfAMed are professionally prepared by 2 subcommittees (UA) and 2 project groups (PG):
- UA I "Exposure-related occupational medical preventive measures" (Chairman: Dr Nauert)
- UA II "General occupational health care" (Chairman: Dr Panter)
- PG I "Concreting the ArbMedVV" (Chairman: Dr Heger)
- PG III "Vaccination Management and Chemoprophylaxis within the scope of the ArbMedVV" (Chairman: Dr von Schwarzkopf)
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