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:
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
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.