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Mental Workload

Currently, the BAuA conducts the project “Psychische Gesundheit in der Arbeitswelt – wissenschaftliche Standortbestimmung” (Mental Health in the World of Work – Scientific Assessment). The project is intended to provide a scientifically sound analysis of the current situation regarding psychological strain in the world of work that does not only consider potential influences, but also health-promoting aspects.

The first phase of the project, which was designed to prepare the knowledge, was performed between 2014 and 2015. In the second phase, the determined findings are deepened and complemented by a comprehensive discussion with science. In the third phase of the project, and until the end of 2016, the BAuA will identify action priorities and implementation options in the fields of occupational health and safety and health protection in consultation with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, relevant circles of practical experts, and the social partners.

The section “psychic factors” is verified and reviewed after the project. Until then, the recommendations from the reference book “Gefährdungsbeurteilung psychischer Belastung”, informational part A are reproduced here by courtesy of the Erich Schmidt Verlag.

In deviation from the basic structure used in the guide up to date, the hazard factors are divided into ranges of key characteristics. The representation of the hazard factors starts with a short description of the work characteristic in each case. Then, critical peculiarities of the key characteristics are mentioned together with the hazard potential in an exemplary manner. At the end of each section, notes regarding possible design approaches showing the positive peculiarities of the key characteristics and thereby also representing aspects of a humane design of the work are included.

Source: Richter, G.; Henkel, D.; Rau, R.; Schütte, M.: Beschreibung psychischer Belastungsfaktoren bei der Arbeit.
In: BAuA (Hrsg.): Gefährdungsbeurteilung psychischer Belastung (S. 166–186), Berlin: Erich-Schmidt-Verlag, 2014

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