Occupational safety and health and standardization: between global harmonization and national interests

Symposium marking 30 years of KAN

12/13 November 2024 in Berlin

KAN will be marking its 30th anniversary by joining with OSH stakeholders in examining current developments in standardization policy and their impact on KAN's work.

The first part of the event will focus on the political significance of standardization. Only a few years ago, the desire for global harmonization was still the prime mover of international standardization activity. Now, however, standardization is being used by many countries as a strategic instrument for pursuing their own national economic and socio-political interests. Conflicts are evident: between standardization activity that is becoming more and more international and expansive in the scope of its subject-matter on the one hand, and the European legal and standardization system, for example, on the other.

In the second part of the event, KAN and its stakeholders will discuss the potential impacts of these developments on the interaction between occupational safety and health and standardization. How can KAN bring its strengths to bear in this context? What expectations do its various stakeholders have? How do we exploit the potential for cooperation with other stakeholders?


Programme

Tuesday, 12 November 2024

Starting 19:00

Cocktail reception

Welcome addresses
Peer-Oliver Villwock / Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)
Manfred Wirsch / German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)

Wednesday, 13 November 2024

Symposium

Occupational safety and health and standardization: between global harmonization and national interests

Moderator
Britta Ibald / German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)

09:00 

Welcome
Dr. Stefan Hussy / German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)

09:15 

Keynote paper
Standardization: an instrument of strategy and power politics
Christoph Winterhalter / German Institute for Standardization (DIN)

09:45 

Panel discussion
Dr. Thomas Zielke / Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
Oliver Schollmeyer / Federation of German Employers‘ Associations (BDA)
Gisela Eickhoff / Harting Stiftung
Thomas Fischer / German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
Christoph Winterhalter / German Institute for Standardization (DIN)

10:45 

Coffee break

11:15 

Keynote paper
Occupational safety and health: winner or loser?
Peer-Oliver Villwock / Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

11:45 

Panel discussion
Peer-Oliver Villwock / Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)
Kai Schweppe / Baden-Württemberg Employers‘ Association (UBW)
Dr. Sebastian Schneider / German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
Marcus Hussing / German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)
Séverine Brunet / French National Research and Safety Institute (INRS)

12:30 

Concluding remarks
Angela Janowitz / KAN

12:45 

Lunch    

14:00 

Close of the event           


Venue

Cocktail reception 12 November

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)
Wilhelmstrasse 49, 10117 Berlin

Symposium 13 November

German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)
Glinkastrasse 40, 10117 Berlin


Registration

Register free of charge for the symposium.

Simultaneous interpreting between German and English will be provided.