Unit 6.3 Scientific Information
The Scientific Information unit comprises the three technical areas of Knowledge and Inquiry Management, the Specialist Library and the Wismut Health Data Archives (GDAW).
The department of Knowledge and Enquiry Management is located at the Dortmund site and operates an information centre. It acts as a competent, nationwide contact point for specific questions regarding occupational health and safety.
The Scientific Library operates at the Dortmund, Berlin and Dresden sites. It holds the most comprehensive German-language collection in the field of occupational health and safety. Thus it is an important resource for the internal demand for information and provides the required specialist literature to all Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) employees.
In addition, experts from the public may use its services via the inter-library loan system.
The tasks of the GDAW derive from the statutory duties to respond to questions regarding incapacity for work. In addition, the GDAW provides data and services for epidemiological research projects conducted by the BAuA and by third parties.