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Prevention of Physical Workload

Technical and organisational design and occupational medical provisions belong together.

The prevention of adverse health-related effects of psychic workloads comprises three aspects. From a technical point of view, planning and organisation must be focused on preventing overload and underload conditions. There is organisational leeway regarding working and deployment times. Occupational medical provisions aim at personal prevention.

Man with tool holds his back © Uwe Völkner, Fotoagentur FOX

The model projects KoBRA, PAKT, and naprima funded by The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) shine a light on how prevention approaches can be implemented practically and designed sustainably from different perspectives. The joint project MEGAPHYS of BAuA and the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) is part of the accompanying process of the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy (Gemeinsame Deutsche Arbeitsschutzstrategie - GDA). The objective of MEGAPHYS is to develop a coordinated method package regarding the risk assessment of physical workloads at different method levels, starting with rough screening via more differentiated screening methods through to operational measurement and laboratory examination. Risk assessments can be used in order to derive measures for organising work. BAuA participates in developing statutory bases for occupational provisions regarding physical workloads.