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Basic Knowledge for Risk Assessment

The Occupational Health and Safety Act and the DGUV Regulation 1 specifies how the protection of employees’ safety and the health at work must be ensured and improved.

Accordingly, employers are obliged to perform an appropriate risk assessment for all workstations. This obligation is applicable regardless of the number of employees.

A risk assessment can be deemed appropriate or in conformity with the law, if all obligations required in the Safety and Health at Work Act - both regarding the employer (§§ 3-14 ArbSchG) and regarding the employees (§§ 15–17 ArbSchG) - are included in the overall process of risk assessment.

On the following pages we would like to provide you with a short overview on risk assessment. You will learn

  • what characterises an appropriate risk assessment,
  • why one should perform a risk assessment, and
  • how risk assessment is performed properly.