International Seminar of the ISSA

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

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Organized in collaboration with the ISSA sections:

° Metal Industry
° Electricity, Gas, Water
° Machine and System Safety

Workers‘ protection and COVID-19

H.-J. Bischoff, ISSA Section on Machine and System Safety,Mannheim
Ch. Schenk, AUVA, Vienna

In collaboration with
A. Causevic, AUVA, Vienna
B. Huber, AUVA, Vienna
S. Scholl-Scheiba, ISSA Section Machine and System Safety

Simultaneous interpretation German – English


The spread of COVID-19 has gripped the world for more than a year. This has also brought about some drastic changes and new challenges in the area of worker protection. But how do the individual countries deal with the new risks?

What are the countries‘ strategies in worker protection, what can we learn from each other? Why is a uniform line – at least at European level – so difficult?

Question in the framework of the International Seminar

  • What criteria are used to assess the risk in the individual countries? Are all relevant parameters for a serious risk assessment known?
  • In what way is the risk posed by COVID-19 weighed against the risk of unemployment, recession and other serious consequences, and on what basis of assessment are concrete measures taken? To put it bluntly: In case of doubt, what counts more: the economy or health?
  • What role do experts play (including those in the fields of virology, epidemiology, medicine, economics, sociology and psychology) in identifying and implementing measures? Were all relevant expert groups consulted in time?
  • What role should experts have in the implementation of measures and how can increased cooperation with politics be achieved here?
  • How can the tension between outside determination through politics and autonomy be „relaxed“?
  • How can we ensure that setting-based prevention lasts alongside behavioural prevention?
  • What can we learn from this crisis in the field of worker protection?
  • What concrete preventive measures are there to enable safe working?
  • Should home office also be made possible on a large scale after COVID-19?What opportunities and risks does this bring for everyone involved – the employees and the companies?

The experts

Science or gut feeling? How we make smart decisions
F. Aigner, TU Vienna

COVID-19 Measures and systemic risk – epidemiological foundations and decision-making processes in the federal system
R. Strauß, Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Vienna

COVID-19 in Canada: A Health and Safety Association’s Experience in Response and Prevention.
S. Jones, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), Ontario, Canada

Risk assessment and management of COVID-19 at the Italian workplaces
F. Boccuni, National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL), Rome, Italy

The needle in the haystack – practical approaches to the Corona pandemic in the hospitality, hotel and food industries
A. Weimar, P. Rietschel, German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the


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