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Hazardous Substances Protection Award

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 prize winners of previous competitions can be found in the "Neue Ideen gesucht - Hervorragende Lösungen gefunden: 13-mal Deutscher Gefahrstoffschutzpreis" brochure (in German only).

14th German Hazardous Substances Protection Award announced

The German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) has announced the 14th German Hazardous Substance Protection Award. Until March 31, 2022, individuals, groups of people, companies and organizations can participate in the prize, which is endowed with a total of 10,000 euros. Under the motto "STOP cancer in the workplace", the focus this time is on carcinogenic dusts, including fibers, and fumes.

In particular, exemplary practical solutions and initiatives are being sought that protect employees from carcinogenic dusts and smoke. Possible target groups and hazardous substances include, for example, quartz dust and dust in construction activities in the building trade and in the recycling industry, cytostatics in the health service, mineral fibers or carbon fibers in fiber production, wood dust in wood processing or welding fumes in metal processing.

By awarding the Hazardous Substances Protection Prize next year, the BMAS would like to give greater publicity in particular to those ideas that help to identify and prevent hazards.

Eligible for the award are exemplary safety, organizational and hygienic solutions for minimizing dust, fibers and fumes in the workplace, the introduction or further development of new, safe or alternative work equipment or processes, and exemplary initiatives in the areas of training, motivation and employee participation.

Entries for the award can be submitted informally to the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) in Dortmund until the end of March 2022. The documents should include a characterization of the participant, the type of measures implemented and the improvement achieved or expected, as well as an approximately one-page summary of this information.

The award ceremony will take place in the fall of 2022. The winning entries will be presented at the DASA Arbeitswelt exhibition in Dortmund. There is no right of appeal.

For further information, please contact Judith kleine Balderhaar by phone at 0231 9071-2594 or by e-mail at

13th German Hazardous Substance Protection Award - Good ideas for protection against carcinogenic hazardous substances awarded

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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Winner "URSA Chemie GmbH, Montabaur": Film Portrait

Hazardous Substances Protection Award 2020

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