Prevention section

International Section of the ISSA on Machine and System Safety

Prevention section

International Section of the ISSA on Machine and System Safety

The International Section of the ISSA on 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 Section 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 emerging 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
CEO, Institution for statutory accident insurance and prevention in the foodstuffs industry and the catering trade (Berufsgenossenschaft Nahrungsmittel und Gastgewerbe - BGN), Germany.


Philippe Conus
Suva, Switzerland

Carlo de Petris
Head of the Department of Technological Innovations and Safety of Installations, Products and Settlements, National Employment Accident Insurance Institute (Istituto nazionale per l'assicurazione contro gli infortuni sul lavoro – INAIL), Italy

Georg Effenberger
Head of the Department for Accident Prevention and Occupational Disease Control
Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt (AUVA), Austria

Dr Marc Wittlich
Head of Unit 5 – Accident Prevention
IFA (Institut für Arbeitsschutz) der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung, Germany

Secretary General

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Bischoff
Former Director Branch Office Mannheim, BGN, 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 Asia, The Americas, and Europe online.

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