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New version of the “KAN-Praxis Modules: learning ergonomics” now online

KANMail 27-11-2019

The KAN-Praxis “Modules: learning ergonomics” have been given a fresh coat of pain, and almost all images have been replaced. The new illustrations are from caricaturist Michael Hüter (www.hueter-karikatur.de). The contents of the seven modules comprising over 500 transparencies for tuition, further training and independent study are now presented in a new layout. All modules can be downloaded free of charge.

 Use the materials to learn more about the principles of ergonomic design of products and workplaces, or use it for your lecture or seminar. Numerous examples of good practice can be used to impart the knowledge illustratively. Supplementary test questions with model answers are available for teaching staff.

 See also our other resources from the KAN-Praxis series:



KAN-Brief 4/2019 - Artificial intelligence

KANMail 16-12-2019

Artificial intelligence is finding its way into production and other areas of corporate activity. Will it replace human beings in the future? What scope for application does it offer companies, and what benefits? When a machine develops itself further, how can conformity assessment of it work? Read more about the answers to these questions in the Special section of this issue. KANBrief 4/2019

KAN at the A+A 2019 in Düsseldorf

KANMail 17-10-2019

The A+A, the international trade fair on occupational safety and health in Düsseldorf welcomes visitors from 5 to 8 November 2019. You will find KAN on the DGUV’s newly designed joint stand in Hall 10, Stand D59. Information will be available on our current topics, such as:

  • Safe treatment tables
  • Exoskeletons
  • Non-visual effects of light

A variety of publications will also be available, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning occupational safety and health and standardization.

„Standardization – what use is it?“ is the KAN topic in the „Safety and health talks and discussion“ on Thursday, 7 November at 3.10 pm on the DGUV’s joint stand.

KAN is involved in the following events at the 36th International A+A Congress:

  • 5 November, 10.35 am:
    Designing treatment tables to be safe
  • 5 November, 11.50 am:
    Industrial safety 4.0 – Quo vadis?
  • 6 November, 2.00 – 5.00 pm:
    Non-visual effects of light – numerous new developments

We look forward to seeing you there!

KANBrief 3/2019 - Exoskeletons

KANMail 19-09-2019

It sounds compelling: a worker dons an exoskeleton and then performs physically demanding or uncomfortable tasks with ease, and under ideal circumstances also more quickly. But is it really that simple? Read in

the Special section of this issue why the use of exoskeletons needs to be considered and planned very carefully if it is to be effective for both the company and the worker. KANBrief 03/19

KAN 25, anniversary event on 4 December 2019 in Berlin

KANMail 30-08-2019

Dear Colleagues, 

The Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization (KAN) will be marking its 25th anniversary this year with an event in Berlin.

We would like to invite you to join us at this event, and not only in order to look back on 25 years of KAN. The event will focus upon how standardization and regulation can respond to the challenges of the future, such as digitalization and artificial intelligence.

The anniversary event will begin at 6.30 pm on 3 December 2019 with a get-together at the BMAS (Wilhelmstrasse 49, 10117 Berlin), at which you will be able to network and share your views with us and the other guests.

On the following day (4 December), a conference will be held from 10 am to 3:30 pm under the heading "More than just a project: 25 years of KAN". The venue in this case is the premises of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Glinkastrasse 40, 10117 Berlin. Simultaneous interpreting in German and English will be provided.

The event programme can be found here: *Programme*

Registration for the event must be completed online: *Online registration*

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin on 3 and 4 December.


Best regards,

Dr.-Ing. Dirk Watermann

Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization (KAN)



KANBrief 2/2019 - The office work of today

KANMail 14-06-2019

Typewriter, punched cards, stenography, rigid working hours: until quite recently, these were typical characteristics of an office workplace. They have now been replaced by the laptop, smartphone, open-plan offices and flexible working hours – in theory, work at any time and any place. In the Special section of this issue, read what challenges this change is presenting for standardization and regulation in the sphere of office work.


2. Announcement EUROSHNET

KANMail 11-04-2019

6th EUROSHNET Conference on standardization, testing and certification in the field of occupational safety and health

Dresden, 12-14 June 2019

Meet experts from various stakeholders in Dresden and discuss the future role of standardization, testing and certification in a digital world of work. A diverse programme with the following key topics awaits you:

  • Smart and new technologies and workers‘ safety
  • Standardization, testing and certification: Keeping pace with change
  • Stakeholder views on the future role of standardization, testing and certification

Please find attached a brochure including the complete programme and practical information on registration, accommodation, the venue and how to get there. The brochure is also available for download at www.euroshnet.eu/fileadmin/Redaktion/PDFs/EUROSHNET_2nd_announcement.pdf.

Interested? You can register online at www.euroshnet.eu/conference-2019 à Register now.

We look forward to seeing you in Dresden!

EUROSHNET Organizing Committee


KANBrief 1/2019 - The EU and standardization

KANMail 20-03-2019

The "New Approach" to product safety has applied in Europe since 1985. EU directives and regulations set out essential requirements, which in turn are supported by harmonized European standards. The rrangements for some aspects of the system were recently modified. In the Special section of this issue, read about the impacts of this change, and that statistically, the majority of the harmonized standards governing machine safety are up to date.


Press release

KANMail 11-02-2019

Broad alliance for occupational safety and health

On its 25th anniversary, KAN takes stock and looks at new trends and requirements in occupational safety and health and standardization.

  • KAN, the Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization, has been active in Germany since February 1994.
  • International standards are becoming increasingly important for occupational safety and health.
  • Whereas KAN’s work initially addressed products and machines, it now also covers services and processes.

Sankt Augustin, 26 February 2019: The Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization (KAN) has supported the cause of workplace safety and health for 25 years. Its task is to focus the interests of employers, employees, the German Social Accident Insurance and the German government, and to present these interests to standardization activity through DIN. In 1994, this broad alliance was completely new. Germany had a high standard of occupational safety and health, which it feared might be eroded by the growing role assumed by European standards. In order to prevent this from happening, KAN involves all stakeholders, and lends greater weight to the perspective of the users, namely the employees and employers.

KAN is a platform that champions high occupational safety and health standards. It does so by listening from the outset to those who are reliant upon safety. It is not itself a standards body. KAN monitors standardization activity, channels the interests of its members, and presents them in the form of comments to the standardization process, whether planned or in progress. Work at international level is becoming more and more important: many countries are seeking to use standards to strengthen their economies and simplify cooperation. The issue has long ceased to be confined to machinery and products, and now includes services and the design of workplaces. The non-visual effects of light for example are now an occupational safety and health issue, as are IT security and management systems (refer to the overview of topics).

"The world of work is undergoing a process of change, and KAN is evolving with it. Standards present an opportunity to guarantee safety in a changing world. It is important that the benefits are discussed and occupational safety and health viewed holistically," says Dr Dirk Watermann, Director of the KAN Secretariat.


Media enquiries:

Katharina von Rymon Lipinski

KAN, Kommission Arbeitsschutz und Normung

Alte Heerstrasse 111

53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 2241 231-3467 


6th EUROSHNET Conference: early-bird rate extended to 15 February 2019

KANMail 22-01-2019

Register now for the 6th EUROSHNET Conference on standardization, testing and certification in the field of occupational safety and health

Dresden, 12-14 June 2019

Conference programme

Register now at www.euroshnet.eu/conference-2019 à Register now and benefit from the early-bird rate of 490 EUR until 15 February 2019.

We look forward to seeing you in Dresden!

EUROSHNET Organizing Committee