Welcoming address by Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, we have observed new interest in the topic of occupational safety and health. The subject is not only the focus of the upcoming A+A Congress 2021. Safe and healthy work has also become a core issue during combating of the corona pandemic.
In conjunction with all responsible institutions, the German government has acted quickly and decisively. With the occupational safety and health standard and the SARS-CoV-2 occupational safety rule, we moved quickly to lay down binding workplace provisions concerning this infectious disease. In particular however, the high number of corona cases in the meat-processing industry revealed a need for us to do more in order for occupational safety and health to be effective. With the drafting of new legislation for enforcing occupational safety and health, we are laying down the foundation for greater responsibility on the part of companies, setting out standards harmonized throughout Germany for the inspection work of the state authorities‘ labour inspectorates, and substantially increasing the number of companies that we inspect. The focus will lie upon companies presenting a particularly high potential hazard. In addition, the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will in future have powers to impose particular occupational safety and health requirements temporarily, including in unusual crisis situations like those of the current pandemic.
However, the challenges presented by the corona pandemic cannot be resolved by politicians alone. We need the support of experts and practitioners in research, industry and institutes. I therefore cordially invite you, with this call for participation, to submit your ideas during the preparations for the A+A Congress 2021. Share your research findings, practical experience and reflections on strategy with your colleagues. Only together will we be able to overcome the challenges facing occupational safety and health now and in the years to come.
Hubertus Heil Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Member of the German Bundestag
At the A+A Congress 2021, you will meet and reach numerous people who will take up your ideas and carry the torch for you. They include:
OSH professionals and safety delegates
Company and occupational physicians
Labour inspectors at accident insurance institutions and state occupational safety and health administrations
Employers, plant managers, human resource managers
Decision-makers in business and politics
HSE managers and purchasers
Experts and decision-makers at national and international institutions and associations
Autonomous administrations of the social insurance institutions
Experts in occupational and organizational psychology, workplace health promotion, integration, inclusion; trainers, advanced training professionals
Experts in company fire safety
Experts in company environmental protection
Researchers with expertise in ergonomics, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational psychology, safety science
31 January 2021 Closing date for submission of contributions
April 2021 Announcement of the congress with overview of the planned events
May/June 2021 Notification of acceptance or rejection to the submitters
The A+A Congress is the central joint event for occupational safety in Germany - parallel to the A+A trade fair, the world marketplace for products and services for personal protection, occupational safety and health at work. In 2019 more than 5,000 congress visitors came to the A+A Congress at the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf Süd. Some 40 event series provided a forum for discussion of the latest scientific findings and their practical implementation as well as for an intensive exchange between politics and business.
Duration of the International A+A Congress parallel to the A+A World Leading Trade Fair 2021: 26 - 29 October 2021 in Düsseldorf.