KAN at the World Congress 2014

KAN department heads reflect on World Congress 2014

The XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work was held in Frankfurt am Main from 24 to 27 August.

In addition to three symposium papers, KAN contributed to the Forum for Prevention and had a stand in the forestry exhibition in the open-air congress space, “Agora”.

At the Forum for Prevention, Angela Janowitz, Head of KAN’s Occupational Health and Ergonomics Department, gave a presentation on the “brave new standardization world”. Here’s how she sums up her impressions of the World Congress:

“The World Congress was a celebration – a celebration of the culture of prevention. With fascinating guests from around the globe. They forged new contacts, shared knowledge, learned and reflected on the past and the future. 

We celebrated and danced the polka and polonaise together. And standardization got people moving too – to the KAN stand, to symposia and even (despite strong sunshine and heavy rain) to the Agora open-air congress space.
At the Forum for Prevention, our vibrant visuals drew lots of interested participants to the ‘standards palace’”.

Werner Sterk is Head of KAN’s Safety Technology Department. At the World Congress, one of his jobs was representing KAN and its stand in the Agora open-air congress space:

"Our Agora presentation, in cooperation with our project partner the German Center for Forest Work and Technology (KWF), showcased the KAN study on “Safety of forestry machinery”. It was great to be able to illustrate the concerns and findings of our study using a real harvester.
For me personally, it was wonderful to talk to people from all four continents – not just about things like international standards and safe and healthy products.”


At the trade fair, KAN had its own welcome point on the DGUV stand.

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