• Vision Zero

Vision Zero

The concept of Vision Zero – a world without serious or fatal workplace accidents and occupational diseases – has gone hand in hand with the work done by the DGUV for many years. Vision Zero is the fundamental strategy for developing a comprehensive and holistic culture of prevention that takes into consideration the safety, health and well-being of employees.

As early as 2008, the German Social Accident Insurance’s prevention strategy firmly embedded the goal of shaping working and living environments in such a way that nobody is killed or so severely injured or ill for work reasons that they suffer permanent damage. However, in order for Vision Zero to become a reality one day, prevention work must always be realigned to this goal. This broad and networked approach requires everyone in society to get involved.

The basic maxims are:

  • Life is not negotiable!
  • People make mistakes!
  • Tolerance limits are the physical load limits of humans!
  • People have a basic right to a safe working environment!

If life is not negotiable and people make mistakes, then it is ethically unacceptable to pay for a mistake with a loss of life or a serious injury!

Vision Zero is a strategic, comprehensive and qualitative approach

  • where objectives are formulated and agreed upon,
  • which is geared towards risks and hazards, and
  • which takes into consideration all the circumstances behind accidents at work and on the road, occupational diseases and work-related health hazards.

The goal of zero accidents might seem difficult, but it is the only ethically correct goal that we must work on in the future. Vision Zero provides a strategy to achieve this. Under Vision Zero, safety and health at work are values that companies, organisations and society appreciate and strive for.