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Our Guiding Principle

  • Our Guiding Principle describes the principles and objectives of the BfS work that have been developed and sustained by the BfS staff.
  • It provides orientation and helps achieve pre-set targets.
  • It states our tasks and describes our principles.
  • The Guiding Principle formulates criteria for the structure of the organisation as well as for the contact with each other and with external partners.

With broad participation of the BfS staff, a Guiding Principle was developed in the years 2000/2001. Parallel to this, measures were developed as to how the formulated demands and visions could be implemented in day-to-day work.

The BfS has been in a continuous modernization process. Requirements for content have developed further and many new colleagues have joined the BfS in the past years. To achieve a sense of common understanding of the tasks and develop a corporate identity and to ensure that the BfS will be capable to act in the future, we have come to an agreement on the central tasks and objectives of the Federal Office from 2013 to 2015 and we have reflected and substantiated our Guiding Principle.

In 2016, the legislator adjusted the governmental institutions in line with current developments and tasks. For the BfS, this meant that it would focus in future on the federal tasks relating to radiation protection, for example in the area of defence against nuclear hazards, medical research, mobile communication, UV protection, or measuring networks for environmental radioactivity.

In due course, the mission statement developed in 2000/2001 will be adopted, too, in particular the fields outlined above. Until then, the existing mission statement will be published here.

Our Guiding Principle

Our Guiding Principle describe the principles and objectives of the work of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) that have been developed and sustained by the BfS staff.

It provides orientation and helps achieve pre-set targets. It describes our tasks and principles. The Guiding Principle formulates criteria for the structure of the organisation as well as for the contact with each other and with external partners.

What we do

What we do

We work for the safety and protection of man and the environment against damage due to ionising and non-ionising radiation. The field of ionising radiation includes, e.g., X-ray diagnosis in medicine, safety in the handling of radioactive materials, among others in nuclear technology and in the field of protection against enhanced natural radioactivity. Among the fields of work in the area of non-ionising radiation are the protection against UV radiation and the effects of mobile communication technology. Of special significance is the precautionary protection of the population, of employees in the working world and patients in the medical field. Our continuous measurements of radioactivity in the environment play an important role in radiation protection precaution.

Our fields of responsibility are

We tackle the questions and concerns of the public.

We support the dialogue and within the scope of active public relations work we provide information promptly in a competent and comprehensible way with the objective to inspire confidence in our work.

The continuously developing state of the art of science and technology regarding the protection against radiation risks is the subject, standard and motivation for our work. On this basis we recommend measures and regulations serving precaution and the protection of the population.

Beyond our legal tasks, we see ourselves as service providers for

  • the public,
  • federal ministries,
  • science,
  • the economy,
  • the medical field,
  • public administration,
  • media, and
  • associations.

For our superior authority, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, we prepare scientific expert recommendations and assist it in developing legal provisions.

Who we are

Who we are

We are a scientific-technical Superior Federal Authority in the portfolio of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The BfS was founded in 1989. The objective was to concentrate authorities working in the fields of

For this, mainly existing institutions at various sites have been incorporated into the new authority.

How we work professionally

How we work professionally

To fulfil our tasks in the best possible way and to flexibly meet new challenges, we work interdisciplinarily, assure the quality of our work and document our professional decision-making processes. Our organisation is geared to the respective tasks. We use resources and materials efficiently. We support team work and work in project groups. The work performed by the scientific departments is supported by the Central Department.

Modern communication and data processing technology as well as management instruments serve to optimise our work. As an authority working in the environmental field we serve as an example and, therefore, work with an awareness of the environment, in an energy-saving way and efficiently using natural resources.

We comply with our sociopolitical responsibility by

  • Making the fundamental principles of practised radiation protection transparent,
  • Pursuing the objectives of the population,
  • Supporting the dialogue between specialists and socially relevant groups,
  • Contributing to the forming of opinions and consents in society through carrying out interdisciplinary discussion forums,
  • Pointing out opportunities and limits of science,
  • Proactively identifying problems and need for action,
  • Making people aware of the responsibility for health and the protection of the environment,
  • Giving practical conduct recommendations.

Our competence and the quality of our work is maintained by our co-operation with other scientific areas and active collaboration within national and international, in particular European bodies, evaluating and considering their results as well as bringing our own findings up for discussion. Apart from our technicoscientific competence we also have sociological and socio-scientific competence.

We are convinced that basic research and applied research will remain indispensable, also in the future, for the fulfilling of our tasks. Only in that way can safety in the fields of radiation protection for man and the environment, nuclear technology and nuclear waste management develop further. We carry out and initiate research.

How we work together

How we work together

To maintain and further develop our competence we systematically support the training and higher qualification of the staff members as well as their specialist and personal development possibilities. The basis for this is an HR development concept.

  • We implement occupational equality of men and women.
  • As far as possible we introduce family-friendly working conditions such as flexible working hours, part-time jobs and telework.
  • We integrate people with disabilities in our office.
  • We train and employ trainees, research scholarship holders and guest scientists.
  • We act in social responsibility.

The contact with each other is characterised by mutual respect and by high regard of the work of the other colleagues. Loyalty is the basis of our co-operation. We communicate openly with each other. Informing, involving and feedback are essential elements of communication. The flow of information over all sites is guaranteed.

The co-operative management style and the delegation of responsibility play an important role in our house. In all areas where this is possible persons in management positions make decisions in close collaboration with staff members. Within a framework of clear competencies and directives,

  • short-term,
  • comprehensible,
  • proper and
  • reliable

decisions are made and justified. We are ready to question our work results and the contact with each other. We solve conflicts instead of ignoring them.

Through specialist knowledge and creativity in combination with a motivating work atmosphere as well as reliability and commitment we achieve our work results.

We are aware that we all together shape the image of BfS.

The objectives of this Guiding Principle are verifiably implemented through concrete measures. It represents a mandatory work basis for everyone. We are aware that the Guiding Principle is alive. It is not static but develops further dynamically.

The objectives of this Guiding Principle are verifiably implemented through concrete measures. It represents a mandatory work basis for everyone. We are aware that the Guiding Principle is alive. It is not static but develops further dynamically.

State of 2017.04.25

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