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Forum Prevention 2024

The Prevention Forum will once again place the organisational focus on the numerous national working groups. An international seminar and the conference of the Society for Safety Sciences round off the programme.

This year's event will focus on the following topics:

Digitalisation: kick-off of the AUVA focus on implementing the EU-OSHA campaign "Safe and healthy working in times of digitalisation"

Vision Zero: Tools, examples and experiences of the Vision Zero campaign of the International Social Security Association (ISSA)

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Ergonomics: Less physical stress – more productivity

Suva's website "Physical stress and ergonomics" focuses on the prevention of risks arising from physical stress in the workplace.

It points out the importance of ergonomics in preventing injuries and occupational illnesses.

It offers practical recommendations for improving working conditions: Design of the workplace, training of employees in ergonomic best practices (postures, ...), use of aids for handling loads and work organisation.

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Explosion protection with exciting expierences

Explosions can be impressive - but they can have devastating consequences. How can we prevent them with suitable, simple protective measures? A new video series shows in an impressive and instructive way that it is important to understand interrelationships.

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Forum Prevention 2023

23 May 2023 - 25 May 2023 > Vienna | Austria

The Forum Prevention 2023 presents itself for the first time at a new venue and with an international format.

The main topics of the Forum Prevention 2023 are:

  • Digitalization
  • Vision Zero
  • Supply Chains

The international part of the Forum Prevention will be organized in cooperation with ten sections of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the Society for Safety Science (Germany).

https://congress.auva.at/ForumPraevention2023/#home

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Digital transformation of technical systems with explosion risk using the example of storage and processing of bulk materials (e.g. grain) with assessment of the dust explosion risk of complex systems

Prof. Radandt, nationally and internationally renowned expert for explosion protection points out the chances and risks for safety and productivity of technical systems through digital transformation.  Using the indicated example.

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Explosion safety of bulk materials plants

Module “Raw Material Reception”

The use of complex systems and installations requires a suitable risk assessment for each individual explosion risk.

A modular structure has been developed for the explosion safety of bulk solids systems, which makes it easier to divide the assessment for a system with regard to the explosion risk into smaller units, so-called "modules". In addition to a clear layout, this enables a targeted and process-oriented approach. The overall concept consists of the modules "Explosion characteristics", "Raw material reception", "Storage", "Processing" and "Packaging".

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Explosion safety of bulk materials plants

Module “Storage”

The use of complex systems and installations requires a suitable risk assessment for each individual explosion risk.

A modular structure has been developed for the explosion safety of bulk solids systems, which makes it easier to divide the assessment for a system with regard to the explosion risk into smaller units, so-called "modules". In addition to a clear layout, this enables a targeted and process-oriented approach. The overall concept consists of the modules "Explosion characteristics", "Raw material reception", "Storage", "Processing" and "Packaging".

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Fact Sheet No. 4: "Carry out updates safely - Indispensable even in small businesses!"

The toolmaker „Hammer and Chisel“ is a medium-sized enterprise with 20 employees at two production sites. In two-shift operation, they produce prototype and series tools, among other things. Its machinery includes various machines, mostly connected to the company‘s own network. The machines can even be monitored across locations via the internet.

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Tightness of installation parts and connections

The terms "technical tightness" and "permanently technical tightness" with their underlying conceptual ideas have proven themselves for decades in occupational safety and health for the assessment of explosion hazards (and gas hazards) and the necessary protective measures. The joint working group of the Prevention Sections Chemistry and Machine and System Safety presents an internationally referencable document on technical tightness, which can be referred to after the terms in DIN EN 1127-1 have been omitted.

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Ergonomics – Basics for workplace design

The leaflet is aimed at prevention specialists and employers. It contains all the basics necessary for the ergonomic design of work and workplaces. Human-centred work design involves more than just buying high-quality furniture and lamps. The organisation of work, the working atmosphere and personal design options should also be appropriate.

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First aid at work during the coronavirus pandemic

The pandemic has made necessary to change also first aid activities in the workplaces, that now must always be organised in accordance with the necessary safety measures for Covid -19.

We prepared this short illustrated document to explain how at workplace first aid attendants can be properly protected and at the same time how to ensure the continuation of a reliable first aid assistance for workers, guests, clients, visitors.

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Fact Sheet No. 3: Shut the Door - against Cyber Attacks on Small Businesses

The small historical restaurant named „Zum Lamm” with 20 employees is located at the centre of Bonn. It has been a popular destination for decades as this is the third generation of owners in the family. However, over the last 10 days, the restaurant remains closed, as its online booking system, computers and POs devices have become inaccessible. A few days earlier the owner had received a convincing email with an invoice attached supposedly from their trusted wine supplier. 

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Fact Sheet No. 2 „Safe Passwords in Small Enterprises”

The Fact Sheet No. 2 in our series describes again a real-life example: A confectionery manufacturer discovers that the chocolate bars produced contain too much salt. 

Investigations reveal that the company has become a victim of a hacker and the recipe has been manipulated via the internet. The hackers succeeded to use the „remote maintenance“ access which was not deactivated after the machine was installed.

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A Guide for COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness and Response

As the Ontario, Canada, government starts to lift the COVID-19 emergency measures ban, are you wondering how to restart your operations safely and effectively?

Employers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their workers upon reopening.

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Sector Hospitality

Supplementation of risk assessment in terms of the SARS-CoV2 occupational safety standard

To support its member companies in coping with the Corona pandemic, the BGN (German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the foodstuffs and catering industry) has developed guidelines for various sectors.

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Sector Meat Industry

Supplementation of risk assessment in terms of the SARS-CoV2 occupational safety standard

To support its member companies in coping with the Corona pandemic, the BGN (German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the foodstuffs and catering industry) has developed guidelines for various sectors.

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Sector Bakeries

Supplementation of risk assessment in terms of the SARS-CoV2 occupational safety standard

To support its member companies in coping with the Corona pandemic, the BGN (German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the foodstuffs and catering industry) has developed guidelines for various sectors.

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Sector Ice Cream Parlours

Supplementation of risk assessment in terms of the SARS-CoV2 occupational safety standard

To support its member companies in coping with the Corona pandemic, the BGN (German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the foodstuffs and catering industry) has developed guidelines for various sectors.

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Supplementation of risk assessment in terms of the SARS-CoV2 occupational safety standard

To support its member companies in coping with the Corona pandemic, the BGN (German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the foodstuffs and catering industry) has developed guidelines for various sectors.

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Formidable Formaldehyde

A HUMAN CARCINOGEN: Formaldehyde — a colourless, highly toxic and flammable gas at room temperature — is a toxic substance widely used in many industries. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in Washington, D.C, formaldehyde is used in glues and resins, dyes, textiles, disinfectants, building materials, automobile parts, embalming and laboratories.

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Don't wait, move yourself!

At any age regular physical activity promotes a healthy lifestyle. This small handbook aims to give practical support to the companies to make easier the carrying out of projects which can support workers in the introduction of physical activity in the daily schedule at workplace.

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A safe sawmill

This informative brochure addresses to workers employed in sawmills (early woodworking facilities). It describes how to perform the activity in a safe way.

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First aid in workplaces

This Factsheet focuses on the importance to organize, within any workplace, appropriate procedures for the management of emergencies and first aid. First aid represents the earliest assistance given to a victim of an accident or an illness, waiting for qualified sanitary personnel to reach the scene.

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Retail Trade

The retail trade is not spared from accidents at work and occupational diseases. However, prevention measures enable to maintain the health of the employees and the enterprises.

The sector of the retail trade consists of different activities: clothing stores, toy stores, furniture stores as well as drugstores, pharmacies, libraries. It has many sales points which are often very small. 

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This Won't Hurt a Bit: Supporting small business to be healthy, wealthy and wise

The fifth paper from the Health at Work Policy Unit suggests that there is a clear need for SMEs to support the health and wellbeing of their staff more consistently, and that there is a strong business, human and economic case for them doing so.

The report identified a number of gaps in current provision and makes a series of recommendations aimed at addressing these.

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A quiz game for (future) experts

The objective of the GHS quiz is to match the displayed pictograms to a possible, corresponding H-phrase expression. The quiz has two different skill levels. While the first level merely quizzes the meaning of the pictograms, the second level also employs several danger labels. These may replace the corresponding pictograms on transport packaging like IBCs (intermediate bulk containers) and barrels. You gain game points for every right answer; these are collected in three rounds to be added to a total at the end. At internal company events, for example, prizes could be awarded for a certain number of points. The game can be played online at www.gischem.de.

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Fit and healthy in small businesses

The secret‘s in the mix: Young and old at work together

This brochure provides tips particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on 
coping with the consequences of population trends, i.e. demographic shift.

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Fact kit for a healthy back

The fact kit "Rückengesundheit" - a healthy back - has been developed by the Concerted German OSH Strategy (GDA) within the framework of a work programme intending to prevent back problems and diseases of catering staff. Here, you will learn more about contents of and subjects treated in the fact kit.

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Back to Balance

Statutory accident insurance in Germany – standing for safety and health at the workplace for over 125 years.The BGN, Berufsgenossenschaft Nahrungsmittel und Gastgewerbe provides statutory accident insurance for enterprises of foodstuffs, the beverage industry, the hotel and restaurant industry, bakeries and pastries shops, the meat processing industry, breweries and malt houses as well as fairground workers and circus enterprises. The BGN offers insurance protection to 3.3 million people in over 400.000 enterprises for accidents at work and occupational diseases. Prevention is one of its essential tasks. ...

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Electomagnetic fields and implants

Generation, distribution and use of electrical energy and wireless communication equipment give rise to electromagnetic fields - in private as well as in professional life. A poster and a flyer inform in a clear and brief way on hazards and preventive measures in connection with implants.

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The appropriate use of my work equipment

The prevention tool was produced within the framework of the second regional « health at work » plan of the Region Alsace by the working group « Safeguarding physical health ». This leaflet is directed at the users of working equipments. It approaches a well known set of problems.

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First aid

This booklet represents a simple tool for a worker who finds himself rescuing a colleague. When needed, it’s fundamental to know what to do, how to act and, above all, what to avoid. 

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Where can asbestos occur ? The virtual asbestos house gives answers!

The virtual Asbestos House

Although the use of asbestos has been illegal for a long time, this material still endangers the health of workers, as it still regularly occurs in buildings constructed before 1990. This can have grave consequences.

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Exposure to hand-arm vibration

The factsheet regards the exposure to hand-arm vibration (HAV). Depending on their frequency, these mechanical stresses are transmitted from vibrating work tools (drills, hammers, grinders, etc.,) to hand and then, to other parts of the body.

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Leaflet "My job: bricklayer"

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A new tool to promote safety and health in the construction industry

In accordance with, on one side, the standing orders of ISSA, and on the other one, the general philosophy of intervention of the ISSA Section on Prevention in the Construction Industry, its commitee had decided to developp continuous programs of improving OSH all over the World.

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Successful move / relocation for a carpentry / joinery

A company of the carpentry and interior fittings sector uses it’s move as an opportunity to integrate practical preventive measures. These are designed to significantly reduce the risk of accident and the occurrence of occupational diseases. The workers and managers of the company agree on the achieved results : beyond the risk reduction, work is more pleasant for everybody now.
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An easy first aid manual for the Horeca sector

We greatly appreciated the work done by the physicians and the training experts of the French INRS with their valuable “ Sauvetage Secourisme du Travail Guide des données techniques et conduit à tenir”( Inrs Department Formation, 2014) to organize  a simple first aid manual  specifically designed for the  HORECA sector. Many foreign workers are now working in this sector in our Country and some of them are in charge of first aid at work.

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A safe machine can save your life!!!

This leaflet describes safety requirements with which some agricultural machines must comply, i.e.: silage unloading machines, silage mixing and/or chopping and distributing machines.

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PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS FOR GOOD HEALTH AND ZERO ACCIDENTS WHILST WORKING IN HOTELS, RESTAURANTS OR PIZZERIAS

More than twenty years since the landing of 20,000 Albanians with the sugar bowl Vlora in the Port of Bari (August 1991), the very first mass immigration to Italy, our Country has now got more than four million foreign residents, many of whom engaged in work activities.

The Italian government recently ruled that all workers should be guaranteed both a 4-hour general safety training and a specific training relating to their own specific occupational risk (at least 4 additional hours for tourism personnel );every new employee must receive this training and every five years refresher courses must also provided (Agreement between the Italian Government and its Regions, December 2011).

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BGN app for young workers

The BGN-Azubi-App "In der Beruf starten – fit und gesund" is a smartphone app that specifically targets young workers in the hospitality industry. The app is designed to support young people in the phase of transition from school to work and therefore is primarily aimed at trainees in the first year of training.

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Prevention in the office goes online with the FCOS Box

The FCOS Box (https://www.ekas-box.ch/en/#!/home) provides a virtual tour of various office situations that deal with the following areas: “Working ergonomically”, “Accident prevention”, “Setting up the office” and “Office planning”. With a generous dash of humour, the two characters Sophie and Alex show how health and safety in the office can be improved with relatively little effort.

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An information system for the implementation of the new legislation on chemical risk, particularly addressed to SMEs

Several national institutions have developed specific operational tools to support – especially SMEs – in carrying out a correct evaluation and management of chemical risk . These tools make the necessary information for an effective implementation of the two current EU reference regulations available  (1907/2006 - REACH  Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals and 1272/2008 CLP - Classification, Labelling, Packaging).

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