Making the handling of hazardous substances safer, supporting innovation
The German Hazardous Substances Protection Award is conferred every two years by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and organised by the Federal Agency for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), which organises the business of the Committee for Hazardous Substances (AGS). With the title of "making the handling of hazardous substances safer, supporting innovation", the award has honoured exemplary and ground-breaking work surrounding protection against hazardous substances for more than 25 years.
The German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) presented for the 14th time the German Hazardous Substances Protection Award endowed with 10,000 Euro on September 29, 2022. The motto of this year was "STOP cancer at work - 2022 in focus: dusts and fumes". An independent jury of experts from various interest groups selected a technical solution as the award winner in the technical solution category and commended an entry from the management category.
The BOMAG GmbH from Boppard received the award for the development of the ION DUST SHIELD, an innovative solution for the safe handling of carcinogenic substances released during the milling of asphalt.
Ökopol GmbH from Hamburg received a commendation for the European social partner project "Reducing Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Effectively".
The award was decided on June 29, 2022 by an independent jury composed as follows:
The two jury members Prof. Dr. Anke KAHL, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, and Prof. Dr. Thomas KUHLBUSCH (BAuA) had made their evaluations available to the jury in advance.
The award ceremony took place on Sept. 29, 2022, as part of the 16th Occupational Safety and Health Forum of the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy (GDA) in Berlin. The award winners will be given the opportunity to present themselves at relevant events.
On November 10, 2020, the winners of the 13th German Hazardous Substance Protection Prize were announced in Dortmund. URSA Chemie GmbH, Montabaur, and Sterigenics Germany GmbH, Wiesbaden, share the 10,000 Euro prize awarded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) for their technical solutions for the safe handling of carcinogenic substances. In addition, the FeuerKrebs gUG, Hamburg, received a commendation in the training category for its activities to improve the health protection of fire fighters.
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