Unit 3.6 Workplace Interventions and Transfer
The key activities of unit 3.6 “Workplace intervention and transfer” are research on workplace interventions and the transfer of knowledge about the design of safe and healthy workplaces to disseminators in occupational safety and health, e.g. employers, health and safety officers, agents of accident insurances and representatives of public authorities responsible for safety and health at work. Thus, the unit contributes to work on two core strategic tasks of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA).
Research on interventions - as currently conducted in different divisions and units of the BAuA - is multifaceted with regard to terminology, methods and topics. Unit 3.6 - located at the Dresden site - aims at consolidating knowledge on „workplace intervention“, both within division 3 as well as across BAuA’s divisions. It supports the professional and methodological exchange within the BAuA, pursuing the following goals
- gathering, systematizing, evaluating and refining knowledge on methods and ways of proceeding with regard to workplace interventions and transfer,
- systematizing knowledge about factors and principles as well as further conditions determining the effectiveness of an intervention (e.g. How does an intervention work and why is it effective [or not]? Which conditions determine the effectiveness of an intervention?) and
- deriving standards for workplace interventions.
Unit 3.6 also conducts own research on workplace interventions. It especially focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and their ways of handling psychosocial risk factors at work.
Unit 3.6 also transfers knowledge on occupational safety and health, generated within research activities of BAuA, into the working world. This transfer has two key aspects: One the one hand, it focuses on the region of Central Germany (i.e. Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia) whereupon predominantly small and medium-sized enterprises are in the centre of interest. On the other hand, the transfer refers to the public health sector as an important target group of activities associated with safety and health at work.
The transfer approaches comprise informative meetings, roadshows, workshops and conferences (e.g. Occupational safety and health colloquium, Workshop for health and safety officers, Dresden meeting for health and safety at work), regional collaborations and networking activities and the professional monitoring of workplace intervention projects conducted within the framework of Initiative New Quality of Work (INQA).
Due to its long-time experience in the field of transfer, unit 3.6 is cross-linked well in the region of Central Germany. This is, first, a good basis for research on workplace interventions since needs and requirements of companies may, thus, be well integrated in the work design process. It is, second, a good foundation for transfer, inasmuch as new knowledge on the design of safe and healthy work may be directly transferred into the working world. Above the aforementioned activities, unit 3.6 actively contributes its knowledge on the design of safe and healthy workplaces into the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy (GDA).