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European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER): Scientific preparation and utilisation of the German sample of 2009, 2014 and 2019

Project number: F 2532 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2023-11-30


The further development of processes and instruments of the occupational safety and health (OSH) system requires empirically founded knowledge about the challenges, structures, and methodologies of workplace practice, as well as favourable and/or unfavourable conditions for its success.

This project will evaluate data from the German samples of the 2009, 2014, and 2019 ESENER workplace survey run by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

The aim is to close gaps in what is known about issues relating to

  1. occupational safety and health practice in small businesses and organisations,
  2. businesses and organisations' management of the psychosocial risks of work, and
  3. favourable and unfavourable conditions for OSH measures under location-flexible working arrangements and digitalised workplaces,

and to complement and further underpin BAuA's research and policy advice activities in these fields.

The data will be evaluated by means of analytical statistical procedures, with both hypothesis testing and exploratory data analysis methods being employed.

On the basis of studies that compare the different waves of the survey and data from across the EU, preventive measures and the conditions for their implementation in Germany will be analysed over time. Any trends and correlations that are identified will be assessed and discussed in comparison with findings from other EU countries.

The evaluations of the ESENER data will also be analysed synoptically with previously conducted evaluations of the company survey carried out by the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy (Gemeinsame Deutsche Arbeitsschutzstrategie, GDA), which looks at the progress and scope of the OSH measures taken by German businesses and organisations. This will allow the consistency and temporal stability of the findings from the GDA survey to be verified.


Unit 1.5 "OSH Structures and Strategies, General Office of the National OSH Conference"

Phone: +49 231 9071-1971 Fax: +49 231 9071-2070

Unit 3.2 "Mental Workload and Mental Health"

Phone: +49 231 9071-1971 Fax: +49 231 9071-2070

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