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The ISSA-Section Machine and System Safety was founded in 1975. Its commitment is to improve safety and health at work in the field of machine and system safety worldwide. More information

It is one of the 14 international prevention sections of the Special Commission on Prevention of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). Each Section has its own work plan and contributes to the Special Commission's working program. The Special Commission coordinates the joint activities of the international sections in the field of prevention of occupational risks. More information

The International Social Security Association (ISSA) - founded in 1927 - is the world’s leading international organization for social security institutions, government departments and agencies. The ISSA promotes excellence in social security administration through professional guidelines, expert knowledge, services and support to enable its members to develop dynamic social security systems and policy throughout the world. More information



The Board of the ISSA-Section Machine and System Safety consists of the:


Jürgen Schulin
BGN (Berufsgenossenschaft Nahrungsmittel und Gastgewerbe), Mannheim, Germany


Philippe Conus
Suva (Schweizerische Unfallversicherungsanstalt), Lausanne, Switzerland

Georg Effenberger
AUVA (Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt), Vienna, Austria

Carlo de Petris
INAIL (Istituto nazionale per l'assicurazione contro gli infortuni sul lavoro (INAIL), Rome, Italy

Marc Wittlich
IFA (Institut für Arbeitsschutz) der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung, Sankt Augustin, Germany

Secretary general:

Hans-Jürgen Bischoff
ISSA-Section Machine and System Safety, Mannheim, Germany


Financial affairs are carried out by the Mannheim Association for the international promotion of machine and system safety e.V. (registered association)

Objectives of the association are the promotion and improvement of safety and health at work in the field of machine and system safety. The association, while observing the principles of voluntariness and excluding aspects of party politics, religion, denomination, profession and race, promotes in particular practice-oriented development of knowledge and experience from national and international viewpoints through worldwide co-operation, with international organizations.