GERMANY: Adoption of framework recommendations to promote health throughout the country and throughout life

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The “National Conference on OSH” (NPK) recently adopted the framework recommendations on health promotion throughout life. These apply to the whole country and to all the welfare insurance organizations: health, injuries, disability, old age and dependence. 

Supported by these organizations, the Conference brings together representatives of the federal and regional ministries, municipal federations, the Federal Employment Agency, social partners, patients and the federal association for risk prevention and the promotion of health. It has thus created the conditions for the launch of the national OSH strategy and the 2017-2026 campaign on the theme of the “workplace safety culture”.

The following shared objectives were defined: “Growing in good health”, “Living and working in good health” and “Growing older in good health”. The main target groups are families, children, young people, apprentices, students, the working population, the unemployed and volunteer workers, dependent persons cared for at home or in the hospital, and family care workers.

In 2019, the National Conference on OSH will present for the first time the report on OSH covering all the welfare insurance organizations. This report, which will be published every four years, “will establish transparency and indicate the actions encouraged by the organizations, the objectives achieved and experiments carried out within the framework of cooperation. It will also give indications regarding the need and potential for OSH in the population. The report will thus be a precious help for the ongoing work of the National Conference on OSH”, explained Dr Walter Eichendorf, Deputy Director of the DGUV. 

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