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Hamburg to get innovative health prevention centre

VBG and BGW trade associations unveil plans for specialised centre in HafenCity

The Employers’ Liability Insurance Association for Medical Services and Welfare Work (Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege – BGW) and the Administrative Professions Organisation (Verwaltungs-Berufsgenossenschaft – VBG) announced plans Tuesday (September 12, 2017) for a preventive healthcare centre in HafenCity. From 2022, two of Germany’s largest associations will offer new qualifying measures, events and counselling services there on safer work conditions.

Prevention measures

Both associations focus on preventing accidents at work, related illnesses and health risks. In 2015, around 55,000 people took part in courses on safety at work across Germany. The new flagship centre will highlight forward-looking prevention measures and will host compact events on arranging professional and family life.

Inclusion and individual counselling

The building will not have barriers and will be a model of inclusion. Apart from sample workplaces, themed spaces and exhibitions will illustrate work-related accidents, illnesses and health risks. Some of the events will be open to the public. The plans also foresee individual counselling and training on how to cope with health-related problems many of which can be prevented, according to BGW and VBG. The centre will also become an interface between research and practice and will promote the transfer of knowledge through projects and collaborations with diverse research institutions.

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