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Climate at the Workstation

Recommendations for a safe and healthy climate in the world of work

A climate at the workstation corresponding to the needs of human beings will result in a sustainably positive effect on health, performance, satisfaction, and well-being. Climate conditions that are too hot or too cold may have adverse effects on the health.

The employees are exposed to different physical factors at the workstation. Employer and employee will obtain information on requirements regarding the workstation climate, regarding the legal situation, and regarding possible protective measures for special climate conditions below.

During summer, the air temperatures in working spaces such as offices, stores, or workshops may increase to "disadvantageous" values so that the employees may suffer from the heat. The consequences include a reduced performance and motivation, fatigue and lacks of concentration, through to an increased emission of sweat and cardiovascular strains. Studies demonstrate a significantly increased risk of accidents.