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Psychosocial Risk Assessment

Research and development for business practice

Taking mental load into consideration in the risk assessment is an obligation pursuant to the Safety and Health at Work Act. Within the framework of research projects, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) investigates possibilities and limitations of industrial action in this field and develops recommendations for business practice.

Psychosocial risk assessment is a complex and comparably new field of occupational safety and health. Many companies are only just beginning to include mental load into their risk assessment; even large companies with well-established occupational health and safety structures and resources are often still in a development and testing phase regarding this topic. What is the practical approach? Which requirements need to be met? Which prerequisites must be created? These are all questions currently occupying an equally central role in business practice and the technical policy debate.

The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health actively participates in the development of this new field: in the context of research projects, it determines how companies approach the task of psychosocial risk assessment. Key questions include which approaches prove successful, which conditions support a successful implementation, but also which issues and difficulties companies are facing in this field and where companies reach the limit of their capabilities. BAuA uses experiences and findings from these research projects in order to develop recommendations and guidelines for business practice. It also actively includes these in the field of political consulting, for example when coordinating recommendations regarding the implementation of psychosocial risk assessment within the framework of the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy (Gemeinsame Deutsche Arbeitsschutzstrategie - GDA).

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