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Statutory accident insurance: Preventing an occupational disease or avoiding the worsening of an occupational disease


Employers' liability insurance associations and accident insurance funds can support you with preventive individual measures (individual prevention).

The measures are intended to counteract occupational hazards that can lead to an occupational disease. This applies to the following cases:

  • the origin,
  • the resurgence or
  • the exacerbation of an occupational disease.

Your responsible employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund will work out the individual preventive measures and offer them to you. Your personal illness as well as the working conditions at your workplace are taken into account.

The aim of preventive individual measures is to ensure that you can continue to work as before without your health deteriorating. Depending on the occupational hazard and health complaints, the following measures are possible:

  • technical measures at the workplace (e.g. installation of technical extraction devices, structural changes)
  • organisational measures in the workplace (e.g. reorganisation of work processes, transfer of other activities, time limitation of hazardous activities)
  • Optimization of protective measures (e.g. breathing masks, protective gloves, earmuffs)
  • Health education seminars (e.g. skin protection seminars, training courses on back health)
  • Intensive personal consultations (e.g. occupational diseases, consultation hours, activity-related care or on-site counselling with the involvement of the company doctor)
  • Curative treatment measures (e.g. treatment order, assumption of costs of special therapies)

Process flow

Your employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund will contact you if they learn of a suspected occupational disease. The employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund can be informed, for example, by your or your:

  • Employer
  • Company doctor
  • Treating specialist
  • Health insurance

You can also register yourself with your employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund if you are exposed to a corresponding occupational hazard and have initial health complaints. This can be done online or by post.

Online Service:

  • Go to the online service.
  • You will be guided through the procedure on the accident insurance service portal.
  • You can sign up.
    • If you would like to receive the answer from your employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund in the mailbox of your BundID account or My company account, you must have an account and authenticate yourself.
    • If you would like to receive the answer by post, you can continue without registering.
  • Select your responsible employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund or find out more using the industry search.
  • Upload the required documents.
  • Fill out and submit the online form.
  • Your report will be automatically forwarded to your employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund.
  • Your employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund will check ex officio which specific offers are suitable for your individual needs.
  • She will contact you and the necessary persons (e.g. employer, company doctor, attending physician).
  • In consultation with all parties involved, the necessary measures will be taken.

Online service of your employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund:

  • If you have access to the portal of your employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund, you may also be able to submit the report there electronically.

Message by mail:

  • Please send an informal letter to your employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund.
  • Pay attention to the required information and enclose the necessary documents.

Requirements

You may be entitled to preventive individual measures from your employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund if:

  • you have health problems as a result of your work that could become an occupational disease, or
  • You already have an occupational disease and notice it getting worse.

Which documents are required?

You don't need to submit any documents.

What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines.

Applications / forms

Forms available: No

Written form required: No

Informal application possible: Yes

Personal appearance required: No

Online services available: Yes

Appeal

  • Contradiction
  • Detailed information on how to file an objection can be found in the notice issued by your employers' liability insurance association or accident insurance fund.

What else should I know?

There are no hints or specifics.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Professionally released on

12.01.2023

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)