The future of work is the overarching theme on Day 1 of the A+A Congress 2019.
At the opening of the A+A Congress, trend researcher Franz Kühmayer will address the question of
why we need to completely rethink work – which social and economic factors will change work in the future and what effects will there be on working life and how we understand work?
Future of Work
In the previous parliamentary term, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs’ Green Paper and White Paper on ‘Work 4.0’ kicked off a widespread discussion of the consequences and possible responses to changes in where, when and how we work. This will be taken up in the morning at the event ‘Work 4.0’. The event will start with an overview of the current state of digitalisation, followed by a look at the tasks and strategy for research, development and standardisation with respect to the future of work. In deliberate contrast to the term ‘New Work’, the topic of ‘Basic Work’ will be discussed using examples from the logistics sector. Although we are now in Work 4.0 and Industry 4.0, basic work continues to account for approximately 20% of all work activities and continues to be an important challenge, particularly from the perspective of safety and health at work.
Prevention 4.0: Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy
Prevention must also realign itself in view of the challenges of Work 4.0. The focus of the afternoon session will be on Prevention 4.0 in the context of the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy (GDA). Participants will look ahead to the year 2030 and discuss how Prevention 4.0 can be achieved, together with the chairs of the National Occupational Safety and Health Conference and other experts. This will be followed by a return to the present with regard to the current planning and focus of the GDA: Are we on the right track and how can this common objective be achieved?
German Occupational Safety and Health Award Ceremony 2019
The German Occupational Safety and Health Award 2019 recognises outstanding OSH solutions in the categories ‘Strategic’, ‘Operational’, ‘Personal’ and ‘Cultural’. For the first time, a ‘Best Newcomer’ award will be presented to a start-up company by Messe Düsseldorf. All visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favourite, right up to the start of the event.
The presentation of the German Occupational Safety and Health Award 2019 concludes the first A+A day on the ‘Future of Work’. The challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transformation in the world of work are recurrent themes at this year’s A+A Congress and a defining theme at the A+A 2019 International Trade Fair (see also the live event ‘Highlight Route the future of work’).
Why we need to completely rethink work