Returning to the trade fair complex of Dusseldorf, in Germany, is the leading international fair for occupational safety, security, and health, which sees the presence of over 1,000 exhibitors (in halls 1 to 10), called upon to reply to new challenges launched by the outbreak of the pandemic, by digital acceleration, and by the central importance of sustainability for the industry and society.

A+A, in fact, uses digital technology to improve the exhibition itinerary of visitors through the reinforcement of online services. To ensure optimal preparation for visiting the trade fair the digital exhibitor database is placed at attendees’ disposal, where it is possible to consult all relevant data on exhibitors, services, products and contact persons. Another digital add-on are the product-related exhibitors’ web sessions, which allows all those unable to attend the trade fair this year to enter into virtual contact with exhibitors. The web sessions will also be available on demand after the trade fair.  

The theme of digital efficiency and sustainability are also at the centre of solutions and products that exhibitors will present in an exhibition area of 50,000 m², while numerous conferences and presentations will be held in the Special Show and Trend Forum areas. Next to these megatrends at A+A 2021, the programme of side events will focus on Future Solutions, New Work and the topic Hygiene and the Pandemic.


Next to the exhibitors’ products and solutions, this year’s Trend Forum in Hall 4 will map all facets of trending themes with its practice-driven talks.

The themed sessions are:

-          Digitalisation + Safety:  digital documentation of PPE use, such as purchase, maintenance, care and cleaning as well as the recording of near accidents.

-          Digitalisation + Health: presentation of health Apps, teleworking and new working worlds as well as mental stress and workload reduction through exoskeletons.  

-          Sustainability: introduction to the Due Diligence Act on the German and European level. (The limits to) circular economy.

-          Protection and hygiene: best practice, experiences and learnings for the selection of PPE (masks, hand protection, disinfection, etc. incl. combinability), CE conformity and quality awareness.

-          Handling of Hazardous Substances: talks on handling, evaluation and the risk assessment of hazardous substances. Latest insights associated with REACH as well as experimental lectures on hazardous materials storage.

Selected lectures will be streamed live on the A+A 2021 website.


The Robotics Park features manufacturers of exoskeletons together with the Fraunhofer IPA, (Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation), showing how these technologies can support workers in physically demanding jobs or when working in unergonomic postures. In the adjacent Selfexperience Space exhibitors can also present their innovations in action. In addition to this, the Fraunhofer IPA and University Stuttgart IFF will organise the EXOWORKATHLON as part of the Robotics Park. Here, too, a course will be set up that young test persons (apprentices and technical students) go through with and without exoskeletons.   


In the special START-UP ZONE, young, creative, future-oriented companies will introduce their innovations and creative ideas from all segments of occupational safety and medicine – from the health App, to VR goggles or high-tech textiles.


Organised by Basi, the German Federal Association for Occupation Safety and Health, every two years, the congress brings together the OSH actors and decision-makers from industry, skilled crafts, administration, politics and science in Düsseldorf. Centre stage this year will be current topics such as Work 4.0, possibilities of digitalisation and AI for occupational health, working in pandemic times as well as making Vision Zero a reality. There will be debates about mobile working, occupational safety in international supply chains, sustainable OSH, as well as on the future of work in Europe and worldwide. For the programme of the 37th Congress for Occupational Safety and Medicine please visit: 

In addition to this, selected Congress content can be streamed free of charge on the A+A website. In Hall 10 on the fairgrounds trade visitors will find a competence centre for occupational safety and health at the Meeting Point Safety + Health. Here Basi will jointly with its national and international partners provide information about such subjects as corporate health promotion, occupational diseases, hazardous substances, personal protective equipment, accident insurance, rehabilitation and rules and regulations.