Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)


Dirk Broßell
Scientist, dustiness testing of HARM powders, Development of risk matrix for occupational safety

SbD guidelines for high-aspect ratio nanomaterials (HARNs)

The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) is a federal governmental research institution and as competent authority, it advises the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on a scientific basis in all matters of safety and health at work and of the humane design of work. It conducts, initiates and coordinates related research and development (R&D). BAuA analyses the scientific and practical developments in its area of work and concerns itself with the effects of the working conditions on the safety and health of workers in companies and administrative bodies. BAuA develops and tests proposals for preventive occupational safety and health and workplace health promotion. The Institute’s own research and development activities at the interface between science, politics and practice lay the necessary scientific foundation for the qualified performance of sovereign functions, policy advice and the transfer of knowledge and experience to corporate practice. Focal strategic concerns of BAuA’s research and development take account of the change in the world of work and the economic and social changes this involves.

Main activities within HARMLESS:

  • Method development to measure rigidity of fibres
  • Hazard assessment of synthetic polymer nano- and micro-fibres based on hazard banding 
  • Formulation of evidence-based SbD guidelines for high-aspect ratio nanomaterials (HARNs) also applicable for the respective micro-fibres
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