AUVA - Workers Compensation Board
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The Austrian Institute for Statutory Accident Insurance (AUVA) is the social accident insurance institution responsible for some 3 million employees, 1.3 million schoolchildren and students, and numerous voluntary charity and emergency organisations in Austria. It delivers comprehensive prevention services: accident and occupational disease prevention, occupational medicine, and firstaid. In the event of a claim, it is responsible for medical treatment with the use of all suitable resources, integral rehabilitation, and compensation. The tasks of the AUVA include performance of statutory prevention tasks: publicity for the concept of accident prevention; consultation; training and support; cooperation with businesses, schools, public departments and public bodies; analysis and causal research; and support for small businesses. The AUVA possesses theoretical and practical experience with the mainstreaming of occupational safety and health into the activities of vocational colleges and vocationally oriented secondary schools in various sectors (technical occupations, servicesector occupations, tourism colleges). The spectrum ranges from instruction in hazards for work on hazardous machines in technical colleges to a further training programme in occupational safety and health for secondary school teachers. Following the concept of the European computing driving licence, the aim is to enable pupils at vocationally oriented secondary schools to acquire an "OSH passport". The AUVA has published a policy paper on the mainstreaming of health and safety at work into vocational education.

AUVA is in charge of the vocational education team and maintains the corresponding forum. AUVA analyses and develops criteria for good practice in the EU-15, and continues its work on developing a European standard for the qualification of lecturers and trainers in occupational safety and health.

Contact information:

Gabriele Uhl

Adalbert-Stifter-Straße 65
1200 Wien

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Fax: +43 1 331 11-876

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