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Well-designed work for healthy workers

Well-designed work can have a positive effect on health. Besides avoiding exposure to noise, heat, dust and heavy lifting, it also takes account of workers' mental health.

Stretch Break taking place in a factory hall © Uwe Völkner, Fotoagentur FOX

Research into healthy working conditions by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health aims to identify which factors play a key role in workers' physical/mental health and performance. The stress and demands of the modern working environment often have a contradictory effect on humans. For example, the effects that new technologies have on humans cannot always be clearly identified. In some cases, there are interdependencies with other factors, such as diet and exercise.

BAuA therefore addresses not only the question of direct harm due to work-related factors, but also major "public health problems" such as musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases and mental impairments due to work. The aim is to understand the interrelations between work-related factors and other possible causes of these diseases.

In addition, BAuA explores approaches to Disability Management and Workplace Integration and the return-to-work programme in order to provide early and lasting support to workers returning to work, enabling them to enjoy continued occupational participation on a lasting basis.

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Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace

Physical stress, such as heavy lifting and carrying, can lead to problems with the musculoskeletal system. On this page, we provide you with information on the causes, prevalence and cost of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), as well as on BAuA's contributions to their prevention.

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Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are commonplace and are becoming an increasingly important part of occupational health. On the pages below, we provide you with information on how work influences the occurence and development of CVDs and on possibilities for prevention.

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Mental Health

Protecting mental health has a high priority in the contemporary world of work. With its research activities, BAuA contributes to the objectification of public and policy discussions about this goal. It provides evidence-based findings on the work-related factors that influence mental health, as well as initiates further research. As a departmental research institution within the jurisdiction of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, BAuA is also contributing to the “Mental Health Offensive” (Offensive Psychische Gesundheit).

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Workplace Health Management

WHM brings together all health-related activities, including measures aimed at Occupational Safety and Health, Disability Management and Workplace Integration and Workplace Health Promotion. This page provides some basic information on this topic.

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