What is accident prevention?

In accident prevention, a distinction is drawn between the prevention of occupational accidents and illnesses (occupational safety) and the prevention of non-occupational accidents (leisure, household, road traffic).

Prevention of occupational accidents and illnesses

Employers are responsible for preventing occupational accidents and illnesses (occupational safety). However, employees also have a part to play. In particular, they must comply with the employer’s instructions concerning occupational safety and use personal protective equipment (PPE).

Prevention of non-occupational accidents

Suva and the other accident insurers promote the prevention of non-occupational accidents. Together they operate the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (BFU), which helps to prevent non-occupational accidents – on the roads, at home, during leisure time – through awareness-raising and safety campaigns. It also coordinates efforts in this area.

Last modification 16.06.2020

Top of page


Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Insurance Supervision Division
Accident Insurance, Accident Prevention and Military Insurance Section
Schwarzenburgstrasse 157
3003 Bern
Tel. +41 58 462 21 11

Print contact