Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV)
The DGUV, the “German Social Accident Insurance”, is the umbrella association of the German Social Accident Insurance institutions. These institutions are acting on a statutory basis of a federal law and comprise of 33 members, the 9 Berufsgenossenschaften (BGs, responsible for the sectors of industry and trade) and the 24 Unfallkassen (UKs, responsible for the public sector). The DGUV represents the interests of their members, for example at political and international level. In addition, the DGUV supports its members in all issues of a generic nature, develops common measures for prevention, promotes the ongoing development of rehabilitation, and addresses new methods and approaches in initial and further training in safety and health at work as well as in rehabilitation matters. DGUV maintains its own three research institutes in Sankt Augustin, Bochum and Dresden, which are specialized in different fields in the complex causal relationships between occupational exposure and health risks. In addition, suitable projects conducted by third parties are sponsored by a programme of research funding.