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The different working environment conditions may entail a hazard regarding the safety and health of the employees.
In addition to acute effects that may directly result in accidents, there are long-term effects that may result in a chronic damage to the health, but also in a reduction of the productive capacity and in dissatisfaction of the employees.
Except for the physical parameters climate, illumination and air, design elements of the place of work and at the human/machine interface are taken into consideration. Regarding the design of the place of work, only the hazard caused by insufficient escape routes is described due to the current adaptation of the technical rules regarding the Workplace Ordinance. The topics traffic routes, safety and health protection labels, as well as free movement area at the workstation, arrangement of the workstation, and break/sanitary rooms will be added at a later point in time.
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