The policy paper was drawn up by the working group on “Standardization in the health and safety of workers at work”. The working group was set up by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and consisted of representatives of the federal states’ supreme labour protection authorities, the Federal Agency for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), the Secretariat of the Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization (KAN), the umbrella associations of the social accident insurance institutions, the social partners, DIN (German Institute for Standardization) and of VDE (Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies).
The policy paper was first published in 2015 and revised in February 2021. In particular, the update clarifies that the Policy paper now formally and completely replaces the German Consensus Statement.
Since November 2016, a process description has underpinned the policy paper (see "11/2016 Description of the process..." in this list). The process description expands on the policy paper where the latter relates to new or ongoing standardization work items with reference to the health and safety of workers at work. It describes the functions of the various parties involved, the procedural processes and supports the objective of incorporating the expertise of all OSH stakeholders into KAN's position in an appropriate and timely manner.
"CEN/CENELEC Workshop Agreements"
The non-visual effects of artificial lighting are a topic with a bearing upon the safety and health of workers at work. If standardization activity in this area is planned, the German government's policy document concerning the role of standardization in the safety and health of workers at work requires consideration first to be given to what extent such standardization is permissible.
Edition 2.2 - October 2019 (Update of 2nd Edition)
Since November 2016, the process description has underpinned the Policy paper in the role of standards in the safety and health of workers at work first published in 2015. It describes the functions of the players and the processes und supports the objective of incorporating the expertise of all stakeholders in OSH into KAN's position in an appropriate and timely manner.