Save money with occupational safety premiums from the BG BAU
The German employers' liability insurance association for the construction industry (Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft, or BG BAU for short) is the body responsible for statutory accident insurance for the building trades and construction-related services in Germany. According to its articles of association, the duties of the BG BAU include promoting occupational safety and protecting health in business operations throughout the construction sector.
To this end, the BG BAU works according to the principle of "prevention before compensation" — since foresight is better than hindsight. Ultimately, even small acts of negligence on and around the construction site can result in severe injuries. With the aid of occupational safety premiums, the BG BAU aims to help companies equip their staff with products to protect their health.
This page explains how you can obtain these occupational safety premiums, the conditions that need to be met, the amounts that are available and the answers to numerous other questions you may have.
Who can apply for a grant from the BG BAU?
Only members of the BG BAU may apply for the various occupational safety premiums, namely:
Commercial member companies of the BG BAU with one or more employees who have a complete annual wage statement from the previous year
Commercially active sole traders who have voluntary insurance with the BG BAU
What kind of amounts should you expect?
How much is the grant per measure?
Safety spectacles: The grant for safety spectacles is 50% of the procurement costs, to a maximum of €20 per item.
Safety helmets: The grant for safety helmets is 50% of the procurement costs, to a maximum of €30 per item.
Prescription safety spectacles: The grant for prescription safety spectacles is 50% of the procurement costs, to a maximum of €50 per item.
Otoplastics (earmoulds) for hearing protection: The grant for otoplastics is 50% of the procurement costs, to a maximum of €100 per item.
How much is the maximum grant per year?
A maximum amount per year is available to your company. Once you have spent this amount, you will not receive any further funding for your measures for the rest of the year.
The total sum available to you each year depends on your membership contributions to the BG BAU over the previous year. For detailed information on your annual grant amount and current balance, please get in touch with your relevant contact at the BG BAU.
Step by step: How to obtain BG BAU funding
Step 1: Buy products that are eligible for funding
You can then fill out a BG BAU grant application form for the products you have purchased. You can find the application form in the respective download area of the individual support measure on the BG BAU website.
Step 3: Send the application and invoice to the BG BAU
Finally, send the grant application together with a copy of the invoice to the BG BAU by post/fax/email. The address can be found on the grant application form. Once your application has been approved, you will be reimbursed with the eligible proportion of the purchase price.
Please note that the application must be made in the same year in which the product was purchased. The cut-off date is 1 January of the subsequent year.
You can obtain a BG BAU occupational safety premium for the following products
Please note that you can only obtain a grant for the uvex products that are listed here. Other uvex products are excluded from the funding scheme.
Grant for high-visibility shirts with UV protection (sizes L-6XL), certified in accordance with EN 20471 and tested in accordance with EN 13758
The grant for high-visibility shirts is 50% of the procurement costs, to a maximum of 30€ per item.
Grant for safety spectacles with sun protection, certified in accordance with EN 166 and EN 172
The grant for safety spectacles is 50% of the procurement costs, to a maximum of €20 per item.
Grant for safety helmets with four-point chin strap and sun protection, certified in accordance with EN 397
The grant for safety helmets is 50% of the procurement costs, to a maximum of €30 per item.
Grant for prescription safety spectacles, certified in accordance with EN 166
The grant for prescription safety spectacles is 50% of the procurement costs, to a maximum of €50 per item.
Grant for otoplastics (hearing protection adapted to the individual user) with sound damping and recurring functional tests
The grant for otoplastics is 50% of the procurement costs, to a maximum of €100 per item.
Got any questions about BG BAU funding or need any other assistance?
You can download our flyer about BG BAU occupational safety premiums here.