Occupational safety and health country profile: Germany

International labour standards


    Ratification of ILO conventions

    Database on international labour standards

    Provides access to the latest information on ILO international labour standards on OSH (such as ratification information, reporting requirements, comments of the ILO's supervisory bodies, etc.).

Policies and programmes

  1. 2008

    Joint OSH Strategy

    Jointly supported by the German government, the federal states and accident insurance institutions. It forms the basis for concerted action in order to attain the jointly established occupational safety and health objectives.

Laws and regulations

  1. Main law

    in German


    National legislation

    National labour legislation database

    Includes abstracts of OSH legislation and citation information. Full text of laws or a relevant source is linked to the records, when available.

Authorities and bodies

  1. Responsible authorities

    There are several Employers' Liability Insurance Associations, each insuring a different professional group, affiliated to the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). This is the umbrella association of the acident insurance institutions for the industrial and public sectors.



    Occupational injuries

    Database of labour statistics

    Contains annual data collected mainly through the ILO yearly questionnaire. It covers a wide range of topics including occupational injuries.