Special Commission on Prevention

Prevention eNewsletter, July 2022

Special Commission on Prevention

Prevention eNewsletter, July 2022

Editorial by Jens Jühling
Chair of the ISSA Special Commission on Prevention, for the eNewsletter
July 2022

Jens Jühling

Dear Colleagues,

First of all, I would like to thank all of you for having placed your trust in me. In addition to being newly elected as the President of the Electricity Section, I was elected Chair of the ISSA Special Commission for Prevention on 6 May 2022. I now follow in the footsteps of Martina Hesse-Spötter who effectively chaired the Commission for more than five years.

All of us watch the ongoing events in Ukraine and their toll in human suffering with great sadness. The ISSA Special Commission on Prevention stands with the international community in calling for peace. Our thoughts are with all those who are and have been affected by this. To our great sorrow, global challenges have a crucial impact on the whole world of work. Supply chains have been and will be further disrupted. The massive impact on World Hunger Aid activities cannot even be estimated. In this context, we would like to underline that as an international community, we provide an open and neutral platform for global collaboration. Our goal is to offer a consensus-driven framework where people of all nationalities and backgrounds can collaborate.

In our third issue of the ISSA Special Commission for Prevention eNewsletter, COVID-19 is still a major factor in employer decision-making. Interestingly, occupational accidents have declined. No doubt this is due, in part, to the extra efforts we have all made to keep the occupational safety and health community connected while the pandemic has restricted our in-person meetings and travel. We have additionally learned much about communication during challenging times. And, despite the pandemic, we have continued to contribute value through the exchange and building of knowledge and experience. Consequently, we have delivered excellent support to social security institutions.

Of great importance is this year’s ISSA Good Practice Award. The honour recognizes the good practices of the ISSA member organizations’ social security administration. The award competition provides a unique opportunity for institutions to present their administrative initiatives and innovative solutions to a global audience. I am very proud to announce that the BG ETEM for whom I work was given this award at the Regional Social Security Forum for Europe on 2 and 3 May 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. The award recognizes BG ETEM’s leadership in developing pandemic best practices for the German film industry.

Following establishment of the SARS-COV-2 occupational health and safety standard in April 2020, film productions in Germany were required to comply with strict hygiene rules while shooting. These standards created issues for the unique production environment of the film industry and stood to jeopardize costly film projects and their associated jobs. The challenge was to develop coherent and effective safety and health practices for film sets. Of particular concern was determining how to safely shoot tight shots where actors and film crew are in close proximity. The goal was to enable the functioning of this important industry despite the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that all precautions were taken to eliminate the chance of infections. Ultimately, the aim was to achieve a high level of acceptance, implementation and effectiveness of the action guide.

BG ETEM decided to develop practical guidelines that would reduce infection risk to an acceptable level and, at the same time, take account of the general incidence of infection. The result was the industry-specific guidance document "SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Standard - Recommendations for Film Productions. Since its first publication, this important publication has been continuously reviewed and adapted as conditions change. Industry feedback and reported infection incidences on film productions show that the action aid is very successful in nationally containing the incidence of infection.

My special thanks to the experts of our prevention department who developed the guidance. The award was a great honour, and I hope that together we will be able to continue on our path towards Vision Zero, a world of work without any accidents or occupational diseases.

Yours, Jens