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12/07/2019 - Forum News Nr 50 is available!

You can download the new issue of Forum news, Nr50.


- European Forum Presidency - Lithuania
- The Global Forum Work Injury Insurance
- Germany: Healthy office work - new DGUV Rule with tips and information on OS&H in office environments
- OSH: Which levers for a culture of prevention at the workplace?
- Austria: The award winners of the “GOLDEN SECURITAS 2018”
- Germany - successful prevention incentives in agricultural accident insurance
- Sweden: Communicating insurance policies – mission impossible?
- Italy: From nanotechnology to riders, the INAIL tariff system conforms to changes in the labour market
- Denmark: Giving foreign service providers and posted workers easy access to information
- WOS 2019: Safety and security in a digitalised world
- 10th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work
- European Forum Conference 2019

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20/05/2019 - SAVE THE DATE for the Next conference of the European Forum: "Moving across borders: accident prevention culture diversity", 30 October 2019, Vilnius

The State Social Insurance Fund Board under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, currently holding the presidency of the European Forum invites you to save the date of 30 October 2019 – for the Annual Conference in Vilnius on the issue of "Moving across borders: accident prevention culture diversity".
To find out more, please contact kestutis.panka@sodra.lt

04/01/2019 - A new report: Incidence and detection of occupational cancers in nine European countries

This new report entitled “Incidence and detection of occupational cancers in nine European countries" concern Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.

Cancer cases (reports and recognition) since 2005 have been relatively stable in Denmark, Belgium, France, Italy and Sweden, but have increased in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. For this last group, there are various reasons, such as the inclusion of skin cancer on the national list of ODs in Germany in 2015.

In every country except Germany, cancers due to asbestos dust accounted for the overwhelming majority of cancers recognized as an occupational disease in 2016. For example, mesotheliomas represented more than 30% of occupational cancers in Denmark, 50% in Austria and Italy, 65% in Belgium and around 90% in Sweden.

Comparing the number of cases recognized with the insured population, Germany and France top the list by far, with 15.1 and 11.39 per 100,000 insured respectively. The lowest ratio is posted in Sweden: 0.5. In Germany, cancers account for 32% of recognized occupational diseases. The study also reveals that the off-list recognition system is not the most suitable one for cancers.

The second part of the report discusses programmes designed to detect cancer cases at an early stage in order to improve the chances of healing, and schemes which help victims assert their rights to compensation for an occupational disease. These schemes could be the cross-checking of OD reports with the cancer register for mesotheliomas and cancers of the nasal cavities (Denmark), scouting for a possible work-related origin of lung cancers in a hospital environment (northern Italy), or else targeting and support for the potential victims of a bladder cancer by the OSH insurance organization (France).
A French version is online at https://www.eurogip.fr/en

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20/12/2018 - Read now Forum News Nr 49!

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29/10/2018 - Forum news Nr 48 is now available


• Views of Germany’s social accident insurance in the new legislative period

• What are the challenges and the opportunities of digital transformation economy for health and safety at work in Europe?

• Fume events - a relevant phenomenon for accident insurance systems?

• Fatal workplace accident investigation Finnish style

• Croatia: Project of promotion health and safety at work in hospital activities

• “Surefooted through Life“ - Update on the Campaign of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture (SVLFG, Germany)

• Italy: From Inail and Bio-Medical Campus a bionic arm that controls itself as a natural arm

• News from Sweden

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20/09/2018 - To the Members

Please go to the Members' login area to download the information about people working within Member organizations of the European Forum (with your login information)
If you have any difficulty, please send an email to info@europeanforum.org

10/09/2018 - Invitation European Forum Conference, 3-5 October 2018, Lucerne (Switzerland)

Welcome to the European Forum Conference 2018!
October 3 - 5, 2018 in Lucerne, Switzerland 

Theme of our conference: Accident insurance 4.0 - The impact of digitalisation

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27/12/2017 - Suva will take the Presidency in 2018

Suva in Switzerland will take over the presidency of the European Forum in 2018, for the third time since the creation of the Forum, having already chaired in 2007 and 1998. In 2018, the conference will take place from 3 to 5 October on the theme "Accident insurance 4.0 - the impact of digitisation".
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27/12/2017 - Read the new Forum News issue

This was the last issue produced with Dominique Dressler of AUVA who will be retiring (well deserved!) at the end of 2017. Thanks to her for her valuable contribution to the European Forum and to Forum news! Have a nice retirement Dominique!

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03/10/2017 - DGUV contributes to a new EU regulation on the coordination of social security systems

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19/07/2017 - European Forum Members: Read the minutes of the General Assembly 2017

The Minutes of the General Assembly hold in Stockhom on 14 June 2017 are available in the Members' area. Log in and download the document!

26/06/2017 - Read the new Forum news issue

To find out more about the actuality in the European Forum members about Prevention and campaigns, Insurance, Occupational diseases: read the new published magazine Forum news #46.
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17/03/2017 - "Sustainable working life", Conference organized by the Swedish Presidency of the European Forum

Welcome to the European Forum Conference 2017 in Stockholm, June 14 - 16, on the issue: "Sustainable working life"
Försäkringskassan and AFA Försäkring are the two organizations in Sweden administrating accidents at work and occupational diseases and hosting the 2017 European Forum in Stockholm.


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03/02/2017 - Welcome Fedris in Belgium!

"We have peen preparing this project  for two years and now we are pleased to announce you its official completion", announced Pascal Lambin, the Deputy General Manager and Pierre Pots, the General Manager of Fedris.


The creation of Fedris  will make it possible to achieve the following objectives: 

  offer the citizens and stakeholders a single public socialsecurity institution for the occupational risks;

increase visibility  of the sector of occupational risks white maintaining the specificity  of both regulations;

develop more easily a general and coherent approach of the occupational risks in cooperation with the actors involved, mainly with regard to prevention and job reintegration;

  continue  to  offer  a high quality  service to  the  socially insured persans, citizens, employers, insurers and other stakeholders of the institution;

  position Fedris as a knowledge and expertise centre specified to occupational risks.

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16/01/2017 - Read the new Forum news!

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28/10/2016 - XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at work, 3-6 September 2017, Singapore

The XXI World Congress will be held from 3 to 6 September 2017 in Singapore. It offers a platform for the exchange of information and views to experts in occupational safety and health, representatives of enterprises and workers (the social partners), decision-makers in governments and public authorities, and anyone else active in the area of occupational safety and health.

The Organizers of the Congress are International Labour Organization (ILO), International Social Security Association (ISSA) and Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

The official World Congress 2017 languages are English, French, German and Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in all keynote and technical sessions. The language of the symposia will be English.

DEADLINE for abstract submission: 5 December 2016, 12 noon (GMT +8)


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28/10/2016 - MSDs: What recognition as occupational diseases in Europe?

EUROGIP with the European Forum have just published the results of a study regarding the recognition of MSDs as occupational diseases in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.

The report is organized around:

- An exhaustive overview of MSDs liable to be recognized as occupational diseases and the factors, which are taken into account for this recognition;

- 4 case studies which are representative of MSDs frequently affecting workers that illustrate national insurance regulations and practices regarding recognition and compensation;

- Comparative incidence rate statistics make it possible to assess the quantity of MSDs compensated by each of the countries and their evolution over the period 2007-2014.


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23/08/2016 -

The International Labour Organization (ILO) solicits organization about the Global Survey on OSH Knowledge Agencies, Institutions and Organizations.  

Your contribution to this global survey is paramount to inform future support strategies, programmes and projects to strengthen institutional capacities to acquire and use knowledge and information for advancing prevention.  

If you want to contribute by 15 September 2016, please write to osh-survey@ilo.org to get a personnal invitation to answer the questionnaire.

07/07/2016 - FRANCE: Positive balance and relative stability claims

The French Health-Occupational Risks Insurance - which ensures the health and safety of 18.8 million employees of companies under the general scheme of Social security, presented its annual report for 2015 to the representatives of employees and employers.

CNAMTS announced a positive balance for the third consecutive year (See the press release available in French).

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05/07/2016 - FIRST VISION ZERO EUROPE CONFERENCE, 7-9 September 2016, Bochum (Germany)

The conference "VIZE EUROPE" will focus on the new vision zero prevention strategy of the ISSA & its 7 golden rules for successful implementation and economical effective prevention in enterprises. By that a new leaf in safety & health in mining and other high risk industries will be turned over.

This conference is organized in partenership with INAIL (Italy), BG RCI (Germany) and ZUS (Poland).

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13/06/2016 - The European Forum welcomed a new member

In 2016, the European Forum welcomed one new member: the CROATIAN PENSION INSURANCE INSTITUTE (HZMO)

Find out more about HZMO at

» Read the article about the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (new member in 2015) in Forum news 44, page 2

13/06/2016 - Read Forum news Nr 44!

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01/02/2016 - "WE MAKE THINGS WORK", 9-10 June 2016, Madrid (Spain)

AMAT, that holds the current Presidency of the European Forum of the insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases, has the pleasure to invite Members to the upcoming International Conference of the European Forum that will be held in Madrid, on June 9 and 10, 2016 on the issue: " WE MAKE THINGS WORK".

The General Assembly of the European Forum will take place on June 8.

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20/01/2016 - Register to the EUROGIP Discussions!

The EUROGIP Discussions of 24 March 2016 will be hold in Paris on the issue "Mental diseases and work in Europe"

Please visit the website http://www.eurogip-debats.fr/en.html to find out more (programme, presentation of the contributors and practical information) and to register.

21/12/2015 - Read Forum News Nr 43

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12/12/2015 -

Employment in a healthy and safe working environment is not only beneficial for the individual employee but also for employers and insurers and therefore enhances the European economy. Employers with high occupational safety and health standards tend to be more successful and profit from lower sickness absence rates of their employees. Furthermore, occupational safety and health prevention measures contribute to the sustainability of social insurance systems as the reduction of work-related accidents and diseases avoids further medical and rehabilitation expenses.

ESIP and PEROSH, as well as the EU-OSHA and the European Forum of the Insurance against Accidents at Work and Occupational Diseases being active in the field of occupational safety and health at European level have published several positions on this issue. In this breakfast event we would be happy to discuss important future research and policy priorities as well as best practices to minimise occupational accidents and work-related hazards with experts and decision makers in the field.

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14/09/2015 - Thanks to AUVA!

The AUVA reassume the Presidency of the European Forum with brio in 2015. Thank you to all the staff for the great organization that undoubtedly contributed to build bridges!

27/04/2015 - Save the date!

The Austrian European Forum Presidency for 2015 will welcome you in Vienna, September 9-11, 2015.
In the continuity of the conference organized last year, AUVA will organize a new International conference on 10-11 September on "Building bridges. Working together…” and will address the following issues:

• WORKING TOGETHER: Workers‘ Compensation in Europe, in Asia and in North America

• JOINT CHALLENGES: Early intervention, International agreements, Mobility, Commuting accidents, New types of work, Telework, One person enterprises & SMEs, Rehabilitation and return to work.

Information: dominique.dressler@auva.at



10/02/2015 - Forum News nr 41 is now available!

Forum News nr 41 is dedicated to rehabilitation.
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04/12/2014 - Seminar EU Italian Presidency - 4/5 December 2014 Roma

In the framework of the Italian Presidency of EU, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies and the National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL) organize a Seminar on 4 and 5 December 2014 in Roma on:
How to combine enterprises’ growth and competitiveness in times of crisis while promoting health and safety at work”.

Draft programm to be dowloaded
Seminar open on invitation only:


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23/07/2014 - SAVE THE DATE!

Seminar “How to sustain growth and competitiveness for SMEs in times of crisis”, Roma, 4-5 December 2014

In the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, 
the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and INAIL are organizing the seminar on “How to sustain growth and competitiveness for SMEs in times of crisis” from 4 to 5 December 2014 at the Pontificia Università Urbaniana in Roma (Italy). 

The seminar is organized in collaboration with the European Commission, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA). 

It will allow a debate on national and European strategies on health and safety at work and will include three parallel sessions on the following themes:

- “How to reduce costs and administrative burden to SMEs without reducing health and safety standards and increase the effectiveness of OSH measures”;
- “OiRA: developing workplace risk assessment in SMEs, challenges and opportunities”, organized in collaboration with the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work;
- “Efficient ways to promote health and safety at work”, organized in collaboration with the ISSA European Network.

The working languages will be English and Italian.

16/04/2014 - REGISTER!

In the framework of its presidency of the European Forum in 2014, AUVA will hold an International conference in Vienna (Austria) on 12 & 13 June intitled “Building bridges. Work - between labor and fulfillment”.
Issues discussed will be:
• Working safely. Remaining healthy
• Practical implementation
• Rehabilitation & return to work

Pre program is available in English 

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24/03/2014 - XXe World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014

The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) is proud to be the national organizer - jointly with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA) - of the 2014 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work that will take place in Frankfurt from 24 to 27 August 2014. 

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23/01/2014 - NEW PRESIDENCY

Peter Vavken is the Director General of the AUVA (Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board). When he first joined the AUVA, he worked in the Prevention Department, later became the Head of the Presidential Department, Director responsible for Prevention before becoming Director General of the AUVA in 2007.

“The Finnish Presidency of Jussi Kauma in 2013 will be a very hard act to follow, but the AUVA will endeavor to live up to the extremely high standards set by Finland.” We look forward to a close cooperation with all Forum member institutions and hope we will welcome you all in Vienna on June 12 and 13, 2014, at the occasion of the International Conference of the Forum dedicated to “Back to Work” (from prevention through strategies to keep healthy and fit to work all the way to best practice in rehabilitation and return to work management).

The Assembly of the Forum members will also take place at that occasion.

18/11/2013 - XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014

The German Social Accident Insurance is proud to be the national organizer of the 2014 World Congress. The 2014 World Congress is being organized jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). It will take place in Frankfurt (Germany) on 24-27 August 2014.

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25/06/2013 - Forum News Nr 38

Download the new issue of the newsletter Forum news
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26/02/2013 - The new report from the OD WG on work-related mental disorders is online

This study carried out on ten European countries - Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland - aims to present an overview of the possibilities for recognition of mental disorders both as occupational diseases and as accidents at work, before focusing on recognition and compensation procedures in the countries in question. This is followed by quantification of the phenomenon and a detailed presentation of available statistics in the various countries. Finally, we review current thinking regarding the recognition of mental disorders as occupational diseases.

This study has been carried out by the Occupational diseases Working group of the European forum (See Activities).

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01/01/2013 - NEW PRESIDENCY

On 1st January 2013 Mr Jussi Kauma (Finland) will succeed Mrs. Ileana Ciutan (Romania) as the head of the European Forum of insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases for one year.