Concerning the dealing with hazardous substances the EC framework directive 98/24/EC is binding for the member states of the European Union. The requirements it contains have been implemented by the member states over the past few years in terms of national law. In Germany an amended ordinance which incorporates the directive has recently been adopted. In connection with the Occupational Safety and Health Act, primarily the employer's obligations to exercise care and to protect are laid down. When implementing these obligations, the state has a duty to advise and monitor. Thereby, it is supported by the public accident insurance institutions.