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Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Safe and healthy working conditions mean social progress and a competitive economy. The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) conducts research and development in the field of safety and health at work, promotes the transfer of knowledge into practice, advises policymakers and performs sovereign functions – under hazardous substances law, in product safety and with the health data archive. The BAuA is a governmental research institution within the purview of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE

The Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE GmbH is an independent research and service provider in the fields of occupational safety, health and environmental protection, standardisation and labour market development. It is based in Hamburg and used to be part of the Department of Science (Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung) of the City of Hamburg, before becoming independent in 2010.

For more than twenty-five years KOOP has been carrying out national and international projects in research and development and on good practice dissemination. Recently, KOOP has been increasingly active in conducting both national and European-wide projects on the impact evaluation of OSH policies, strategies and laws. Prominent examples are the evaluation of the first period of the Joint German OSH Strategy (GDA-Dachevaluation) and various evaluation studies on the impact EU-OSH-Directives.

In the Baltic Sea region, KOOP helped to initiate the Baltic Sea Labour Network (BSLN) on social dialogue which became the Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF) within the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). BSLF is the cooperation body in the Baltic Sea region where trade unions, employer associations and representatives of the member states meet. KOOP has actively supported the BSN network activities for many years by providing information and by giving advise in joint research activities.