Research for work and health
The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, BAuA) is a ministerial research institution funded by the German Federation and, as a specialist authority, advises the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, BMAS) about all matters relating to occupational safety and health (OSH) and human-centred work design, doing so on the basis of well-founded scientific research.
Both the scientific competence required for BAuA to perform its tasks appropriately and the Federal Institute's reputation are rooted in quality-assured research and development (R&D) work that uses interdisciplinary, solution-oriented approaches to bring together internal and external know-how. BAuA’s research and development activities tackle closely related issues. Indeed, most of its development projects are intended to find practical ways of applying research results and, at the same time, impart crucial stimuli for new, in-depth research.
The R&D work done at BAuA is guided by the German Federal Government's principles of modern departmental research. In consequence, BAuA is committed to the vision of permanently maintaining a high level of R&D expertise through consistent quality assurance, participation in national and international competition, encouragement for talented early-career scientists, and networking across the science landscape.
The concrete procedural principles applied by BAuA to safeguard good research practice are defined in the latest edition of the code of conduct published by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).
The aims of BAuA’s research and development activities are to detect risks to workers' health and safety in good time, and to identify opportunities for human-centred work design. Its attention is centred on the massive changes taking place in the world of work, and the need for adequate account to be taken of OSH considerations at an early stage when technological and organisational innovations are instigated. BAuA not only determines and seeks to enhance the state of the art, but also translates its findings into science-based solutions for policymakers and workplace practitioners. In order to do this, it runs its own research and development projects, awards extramural research contracts, contributes to cooperative networks, and seeks to further increase the volumes of third-party funding it attracts so it can carry on improving the quality of its research at a high level.
BAuA's work and research programmes are adopted for periods of four years and lay down the medium-term framework for the research activities undertaken at the Federal Institute. Further information on the current Work and Research Programme 2022-2025 can be found here.