Results from BAuA's research into OSH and infection control measures in organisations
The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, BAuA) has conducted a range of projects investigating occupational safety and health (OSH) and infection control activities during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Overall, it is apparent not only that most organisations have taken comprehensive OSH and infection control measures, but in particular that the collaboration seen between all the actors on the ground has helped society cope with the problems thrown up by the pandemic. Apart from this, the results point to job-specific differences in infection risk and the implementation of protective measures.
The experience of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is to be drawn on in particular to further develop workplace OSH interventions. For instance, lessons learned from BAuA’s research fed into the position paper recently published by the Council of the Working World (Rat der Arbeitswelt). Prepared jointly by BAuA and the Institute for Employment Research (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, IAB), this position paper highlights the challenges currently being faced and formulates recommendations for the design of workplaces as social loci once the pandemic is over.