On Monday, January 24, 2022, the National Health Commission of China and the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) signed an agreement on the development of new methods for data collection in the field of work-related health hazards. The agreement is part of a project in the field of statistics funded by the European Union. A similar agreement in the area of occupational accidents will follow. For the Chinese side, Professor Sun Xin, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Poison Control (NIOHP), a research institute of the National Health Commission, signed in Beijing. Dr. Stefan Hussy, Director General, and Dr. Gregor Kemper, Director of International Relations, were present in Berlin on behalf of the DGUV. The EU was represented in Beijing by Ms. Viktorija Kaidalova from the EU Delegation to China. From Brussels, Mr. Matthias Fritz from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion joined the virtual meeting.
The cooperation of the European Union with China in the field of labour and social affairs will be expanded by the project. During the project procedures for collecting and evaluating data on occupational accidents and work-related health hazards in China will be developed. These shall serve as a basis for social policy decisions and for improving preventive measures.
The project is of particular interest to the DGUV as it contributes to a level playing field in the area of trade between Germany, the European Union and China by aligning occupational safety and health standards. By implementing the project, the DGUV also supports the economic, social and development policy goals of the German government also concerning sustainable supply chains and good work worldwide.