Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) is a governmental research institute directly responsible to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS). Its main task is to provide scientifically based advice to the BMAS in all matters of occupational safety and health (OSH) and of the humane design / organisation of working conditions. BAuA operates as the interface between science and politics and renders transfer services from the science system into policy, corporate practice and the broader society and vice versa.
BAuA’s research concentrates on a strategy-based programme research and systematic activities for the predictive scientific analysis of relevant trends and developments within the framework of OSH (“forecast of emerging risks”). The Research activities of the current programme (2014-2017) relate to the follow strategic fields of activity:
- ensuring safe use of chemicals and products;
- adapting working conditions to the needs of humans;
- avoiding work-related diseases - promotion of health and working capacity;
- understanding the impacts of a changing working environment and
- developing occupational safety instruments.
BAuA’s development activities tackle contemporary questions of policy, the formulation of the legal framework in the European and national contexts, corporate practice and new knowledge gained through research.
BAuA’s core task is to provide scientific advice in matters of policy. For this purpose it provides the governmental departments with scientifically sound and purposefully prepared knowledge to enable them to take decisions with respect to political action. Additionally, BAuA participates in the opinion-forming process in the wider society in all matters of OSH as well as the humane organisation of work.
BAuA has been assigned sovereign duties which arise from the government’s protective duty with respect to citizens or the environment. The major elements are: enforcement of provisions under chemicals legislation, support for the authorities responsible for market surveillance and the information and notification obligations in the area of product safety, and the securing of documents in the health data archive of the Wismut Company.
Knowledge transfer and communication
Transfer is the need-oriented and practice-appropriate transmission of statutory regulations and science-based methods in the form of practical guidelines for companies and consulting institutions. It includes the preparation of the subject matter for the specific target groups and the creation of suitable distribution routes. Educational and knowledge transfer – DASA As an interactive educational institution, the German Occupational Safety and Health Exhibition (DASA) provides a didactic experience and learning venue at which preventive notions and actions are imparted. With its method of informal and non-formal learning, its teaching expertise covers mainly orientation knowledge as well as knowledge relating to identity and action.