The Section on Prevention in Transportation of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) has a new management. Dr. Nadja Schilling (BG Verkehr*, Germany) was elected as the new Secretary General by the General Assembly by written vote as of 1 May 2020. The new Treasurer is Meike Hauschild (BG Verkehr, Germany). The former Secretary General Dr. Christian Felten (Basi e.V., Germany), who successfully managed the section's affairs for many years, was appointed Vice-President by the General Assembly. The other Board members were reconfirmed in their functions.
Dr. Schilling is a habilitated biologist and has worked in academic research and teaching for almost 20 years. Since 2013, she has been working in the Occupational Safety and Health Directorate in the BG Verkehr, where she heads the Department of Prevention Programs, Research & Projects. She is very familiar with the aims and tasks of the Section, as she was part of the founding team and helped to shape the work of the Section in the first years as Treasurer. Due to her academic background, she is used to thinking outside the box and working together with other specialists across national borders. "Making work places in the transportation sector healthier and safer is the central concern of the Section. This is where we, as BG, know our way around, and where we can share much of our expertise with the world. At the same time, we can benefit from the knowledge and experience of others. I would like to promote this exchange and thus develop the Section as a hub for various networks of experts," explains the new Secretary General. "We will place a special focus on the further development of the services offered to our members and in particular on the concrete exchange of good practice examples in transportation".
"With our President, Janne Reini (TVK, Finland) and Vice-Presidents Dr. Mohammed Azman (SOCSO, Malaysia), Amed Bamba (CNPS, Ivory Coast), Dr. Christian Felten and Dr. Jörg Hedtmann (BG Verkehr, Germany) as well as our new Treasurer, Meike Hauschild, we have a strong, internationally well-connected team in the Section's Board. I am very much looking forward to working with them," says the General Secretary.
The International Section for Prevention in Transportation focuses on the worldwide exchange on occupational health and safety in the transportation sector. It brings together experts and specialists, for example through online media and events, with the aim of further developing occupational safety standards in this area. The General Secretariat of the Section is based at the BG Verkehr in Hamburg.
*BG Verkehr: Berufsgenossenschaft für Verkehrswirtschaft Post-Logistik Telekommunikation (German Social Accident Insurance Institution for Commercial Transport, Postal Logistics and Telecommunication)