The International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Chemical Industry is committed to improving safety and health protection at work in the chemical and related industries worldwide.
The Section on Prevention in the Chemical Industry aims to promote prevention in the chemical and chemical-related industries, including:
- the chemical industry
- the pharmaceutical industry
- the plastics industry
- the paint and inks industry
- the petroleum industry
- the rubber industry
- the biotechnology industry.
Based on the standing orders, the Section is committed to increasing safety and health protection worldwide by first and foremost improving the international exchange of information, particularly through international symposia, working groups and the dissemination of specialist brochures.
In accordance with its Standing Orders, the Section on Prevention in the Chemical Industry is organized as follows:
Members' Meeting: A members’ meeting is held at least every three years, generally in conjunction with an international symposium of the Chemistry Section. The meeting discusses and rules on questions relating to work programmes, objectives and standing orders, and elects the President and the two Vice Presidents of the Chemistry Section at least every six years. Further information on the type of members and the list of members is available under Membership.
Bureau: The President and two Vice Presidents are elected from the ordinary members – or the existing appointments are confirmed – at a members’ meeting at least every six years. The following are automatically appointed to the Bureau: Ex officio the Secretary General of the ISSA, Geneva, who can appoint a representative, and the Secretary General of the Chemistry Section who is appointed by the newly-elected Bureau and must come from the organization which provides the Secretariat of the Chemistry Section, i.e. the Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Raw Materials and the Chemical Industry (Berufsgenossenschaft Rohstoffe und chemische Industrie – BG RCI), Heidelberg, Germany. The Bureau meets approximately two to four times every year and, on the basis of the decisions taken by the members’ meeting, makes decisions on the programme, sets up working groups, appoints members to the working groups and decides on the inclusion of new members.
Members of the Bureau of the Section on Prevention in the Chemical Industry
Thomas Köhler, CEO of the BG RCI, Heidelberg, Germany
Dr Martin Gschwind, Head of the division Health protection, Suva, Switzerland
Michel Pourquet, Directeur du Centre de Lorraine, INRS (Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité), France
Dr Harald Wellhäußer, Deputy Head of Prevention; BG RCI, Heidelberg, Germany
Secretariat of the Section on Prevention in the Chemical Industry
The Secretariat is run by the BG RCI in Heidelberg, Germany, and is represented by the Secretary General of the Section on Prevention in the Chemical Industry.
The Bureau can constitute working groups with different tasks as either permanent or ad-hoc working groups. There are currently two permanent working groups:
"Dangerous Substances" working group
This working group has the following goals in the field of dangerous substances:
- discussing occupational safety regulations in the member states of the ISSA
- describing their implementation in practice
- collating the results
- publishing the results in an appropriate form.
"Explosion Protection" working group
The "Explosion Protection" working group is responsible for a number of very successful multilingual brochures on the following subjects:
- gas explosions
- dust explosions
- safety of liquefied gas installations
- static electricity.
One of the key focal points of this work is an exchange of experiences and information. Selected explosion events and reports on appropriate measures are keenly discussed.
For further information, please contact the Secretariat of the Section.