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For quite some time, the issue „Defeat of protective equipment“ has been in the focus of machinery safety and occupational health. Defeated protective equipment has a high risk potential and causes severe and fatal accidents. 

Several surveys reveal: almost three quarters of those questioned admitted that protective equipment is defeated in their companies. More precisely: the protective equipment of 37 % of machinery has been defeated. In half of all machinery with defeated protective equipment, this can cause accidents.

Defeating protective equipment is a global problem requiring co-operation at an international level. Therefore, the International Social Security Association (ISSA), Section of Machine and System Safety ( has launched a campaign to avoid defeat of protective equipment on machinery. This campaign has the objective to develop and implement common strategies to avoid defeating of protective equipment, using the experience of the individual participants. This website is a part of this campaign.  

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