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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 They have now been replaced by the laptop, smartphone, open-plan offices and flexible working hours – in theory, work at any time and any place.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.

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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.

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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 

vonRymonLipinski@kan.de


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