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Interactions of indoor climate, noise and lighting in workplaces - Scoping Review and exploratory data analysis (Interactions working environment)

Project number: F 2475 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2022-06-30


The working environment factors of climate, noise and lighting influence the safety and health of employees. For example, exposure to noise or high room temperatures can cause harmful health effects. In addition, interactions occur between these factors. Studies indicate that this can lead to additional stress. However, to date there is little evidence to derive practical conclusions for occupational Safety. The aim is to determine relevant interactions and model approaches for their description. The results should be included in the risk assessment. A scoping review is a compilation and analysis of interactions of the factors climate, noise and lighting in the physical environment of workspaces. Their impact on the safety, performance, well-being and health of employees is considered. In addition to the collection of laboratory studies, industry-specific field studies are to be included. In addition to the office area with new forms of work (e.g. open-space offices), workplaces with stressful characteristics of such factors as unfavorable lighting and acoustics as well as high room temperatures are to be recorded. If the identified interactions represent an additional risk for the employees, approaches should be shown how they can be included in the risk assessment. The research focuses on such interactions for which relevant insights are emerging in relation to the project objectives. As a result, in addition to a presentation of findings on the interactions that can be assessed as secure, further research needs are also to be derived.


Unit 2.4 "Workplaces, Safety of Machinery, Operational Safety"

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