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Indo-German Focal Point promotes occupational safety and health in Indian enterprises, state and non-state institutions through training, exchanges, conferences, talks, awareness programmes, state visits, street plays, publications, social media, and contests on songs, videos, poster design and drawings.
With strong support from the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Indo-German Focal Point offers international best practices on occupational safety and health with technical support from the German Social Accident Insurance Institutions BG BAU and BG ETEM.
The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) is the umbrella association of the German Social Accident Insurance Institutions (including BG BAU and BG ETEM).
Over 70 million people stand covered under the statutory accident and social security system. With no contribution from ensured individuals, the costs are made by employers or the state.
DGUV aims to (1) prevent occupational accidents and diseases through safety equipment, education and health care facilities; (2) protect through compensation involving accident and occupational related diseases; (3) provide through rehabilitation measures and return to work.
Indo-German Focal Point for India was established in January 2017 with headquarters in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, with liaison officers in north and south India to support DGUV projects in India and other agreed territories.
The projects are implemented in the framework of the Memorandum of Understandings of DGUV with Directorate General Factory Advice Service and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), National Safety Council (NSC), Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), State Governments, among others.
The logo and slogan of Indo-German Focal Point is 7S – Securing Safety Social Security and Skill Development Starts with Self. We strongly believe that this is the foundation to reach Vision Zero – zero accidents at Indian workplaces.
In order to reach our goal, we do not only sensitize working adults, but also their spouses and children. We inculcate a safety and prevention culture to children from young age onwards and promote the message to their parents: “You stay safe so that your family is safe and the nation is prosperous.”
Indo-German Focal Point has liaison offices all across India that are consulted by enterprises, state and non-state institutions alike due to their expertise and positive results as prevention service providers on occupational safety and health, as well as on social security schemes for informal and unorganized workers in India.
Why in Bhubaneswar?
Odisha with its rich natural resources and long coastline is strongly emerging as a potential industrial and tourist destination for India. Investment in mining, manufacturing, transport, tourism and construction is necessitating growing requirements for safety, social protection (health care) and skill development for a safe secured work force. This is to be seen in the context of a substantial increase in migration of labourers particularly from western Odisha to other states. With Bhubaneswar emerging as smartest city in the country, it is in the fitness of things to open a coordination office of the Indo-German Focal Point in Bhubaneswar.