Since 2007 the German accident insurance institutions, the German Federal Government and the Länder have been co-operating within the so-called Joint German OSH Strategy (GDA). The aim is to maintain and promote the safety and health of employees through coordinated action and support, supplemented by workplace health promotion measures.
One of the latest strategic objectives of the GDA is the safe handling of hazardous, carcinogenic substances. In this context, the Institut für Arbeitsschutz der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung (IFA) together with its sister institute IPA and the German Social Accident insurance Institutions conceived and implemented a concrete and easy-to-use tool for companies: the GDA Hazardous Substance Check. It is usable both, online (in German only) and in brochure form, the latter being recently made available in English, too.
The GDA Hazardous Substances Check can be used to identify hazards from carcinogenic hazardous substances at the workplace and to take effective protective measures. With this new tool, especially small and medium-sized enterprises are provided with support when starting a risk assessment process.