Prevention section

International Section of the ISSA on Machine and System Safety


The ISSA Section for the Prevention of Occupational Risks in Machine and System Safety is committed to improving safety and health at work in the field of machine and system safety worldwide.


Each individual element of the system Man - Machine - Environment may be the cause of system weaknesses and thus lead to risks.
The tasks of the International Section of the ISSA on Machine and System Safety are to:

  • describe approaches to achieving system safety and provide pragmatic aid to practitioners in evaluating their task;
  • organize practice-oriented conferences and seminars;
  • produce and publish complex technical solutions for practical applications taking into account scientific principles and research results;
  • show how risk assessment can be applied to classical and  risks in conjunction with new developments like digital transformation (industry 4.0) and with established and new experiences and findings in the fields of safety technology, ergonomics, occupational psychology and occupational medicine;
  • initiate cross-sectoral prevention measures in co-operation with other Sections.

We recognize and integrate human factors when addressing assessment of systems regarding safety, security and health at work when using machines, technical systems or plants in manufacturing. The human factor is of high priority.

Different project groups work on specific topics while at the same time considering system complexity and interaction between system components. New developments in the human-machine-environment system may create the need for additional project groups.

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The Section on Machine and System Safety is composed of members. Its two executive bodies are: the General Assembly and the Board. The Board is elected by the General Assembly.

Members of the Board


Jürgen Schulin
Deputy CEO, Institution for statutory accident insurance and prevention in the foodstuffs industry and the catering trade (BGN), Mannheim, Germany.


Philippe Conus
Caisse nationale suisse d’assurance en cas d’accidents (Suva), Lausanne, Switzerland

Carlo de Petris
Responsabile del Dipartimento Innovazioni Tecnologiche e Sicurezza degli Impianti, Prodotti ed Insediamenti, Istituto nazionale per l'assicurazione contro gli infortuni sul lavoro (INAIL), Rome, Italy

Georg Effenberger
Leiter der Abteilung für Unfallverhütung und Berufskrankheitenbekämpfung
Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt (AUVA), Vienna, Austria

Secretary General

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Bischoff
Former Director Branch Office Mannheim, Institution for statutory accident insurance and prevention in the foodstuffs industry and the catering trade (BGN), Mannheim, Germany

We are one of the coordinating Sections for developing a working program for the target group of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for the Special Commission on Prevention.

This website is maintained by non-commercial organizations from different countries, promoting occupational safety and health in small and medium-sized enterprises. It is based on the "10 keys to success" for a small enterprise in the area of prevention. The site covers contents and tools, which may be used in the practice of SMEs. Target groups are employees and employers in SMEs as well as stakeholders, such as teachers. The organizations responsible for this site are interested in spreading all information given on the site. Therefore, the contents may be used for non-commercial purposes. Any use of the contents of this site for commercial purposes is subject to explicit authorization of the authors and other relevant copyright holders.

In the meantime we have put over 200 examples from 14 countries from Europe, The Americas and Asia online.

The Website is created in cooperation with the Special Commission on Prevention of the ISSA.