Why is the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) interested in the way the world of work is changing and the innovations that result from digitalisation?
The future world of work will be even more digital, more flexible and more interconnected. It is going through a sweeping digital transformation which includes, or is leading to, new forms of work and working conditions, new technological developments in Industry 4.0, and a growth in networking. These far-reaching changes create opportunities and risks for workers and put the social security system to the test. This development is often connected with the term ‘Work 4.0’.
This page provides an overview of the activities that the Social Accident Insurance in Germany and its institutions are undertaking as part of these far-reaching developments.
Ongoing developments in the world of work (especially in 2020), including the necessary social measures, show that traditional forms of work and employment are increasingly changing or even being phased out. Society’s acceptance of these alternative forms of work and employment is growing and proving to be very timely in terms of technological progress, work-life balance and sustainability. These developments are accompanied by regulatory proposals put forward by policymakers. The Social Accident Insurance in Germany is keeping a close eye on these developments and is currently discussing modern forms of prevention to ensure safe and healthy work both today and in the future.
The White Paper ‘Work 4.0’ published in 2016 by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) summarises the conclusions of a social debate in which the DGUV was heavily involved. Since then, the BMAS has drawn on the work already done and launched the ‘New Work – New Security’ Dialogue that covers four key areas – the welfare state, social security, digitalisation and skills development (for more, see Outcomes Report). In 2020, the BMAS also researched the prevalence and impact of mobile work and working from home; it subsequently published the results in a report (German only). In the same year, the BMAS launched the Artificial Intelligence Observatory.The focus of this think tank is the trustworthiness of AI applications – a topic which the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the DGUV (IFA) is also working on.
Dr Nina Gottselig
Safety and Health Department
New forms of prevention
Tel.: +49 30 13001-4507
New Forms of Work. New Forms of Prevention. Work 4.0: Opportunities and Challenges