In the subject area of environment, issues related to environment and occupational health and safety are paramount. The VDS provides information on the requirements of existing case law and supports its members in the legal interpretation (e. g. related to plant licensing, “best available techniques”, REACH and CLP regulations, safety data sheets, hazardous substances, abrasive waste, product safety etc). Besides the permanent working groups “environment” and “occupational and product safety”, thematic ad hoc working groups are convened as required, who are able to quickly and efficiently process relevant environmental issues. Association recommendations and draft letters are developed and coordinated position papers are formulated. The cooperation of the VDS with the Research Community of Grinding Technology (FGS), above all related to substance and legal issues, round off the VDS profile in the subject area of environment.