The National Occupational Safety and Health Conference (NAK) is a new coordinating body which will give fresh impetus to the collaboration between the federal government, state governments and accident insurance funds in the area of occupational safety and health. It is envisioned that the NAK will develop into a coordinating platform that bundles resources, points out forward-looking paths and aims to improve on a long-term basis the effectiveness of the measures that have been initiated. The social partners' involvement ensures that the Conference's occupational safety and health targets are geared as closely as possible to the demands of day-to-day practice and will have an effect in enterprises.
The Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Initiative has gained momentum with the establishment of the National Occupational Safety and Health Conference. The Conference's work revolves around improving and promoting workers' safety and health through the use of preventive and systematic occupational safety and health measures.
The participants in the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Initiative will coordinate their activities in the prevention field more closely with one another in the future on the basis of jointly-agreed occupational safety and health objectives. In the years to 2012, eleven work programmes are to be implemented nationwide in special priority fields and the programmes' benefits for companies and workers are to be subsequently reviewed. The same criteria are used for all eleven programmes.
These efforts are to reduce the number and severity of occupational injuries and work accidents, musculosketal strains and disorders and dermatological diseases. Particular attention in this connection is to be placed on psychological stress, the concerns and issues of small and medium-sized enterprises, and systematic prevention.
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is serving as chair of the National Occupational Safety and Health Conference for the period 2009 - 2010. It has been agreed that in the coming years, the participants in the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Initiative will chair the Conference on a rotating basis.