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The various working environment conditions can cause a risk to the safety and health of employees. In addition to acute effects that can lead directly to accidents, there are long-term effects that can lead to chronic health damage, but also to a reduction in performance and dissatisfaction among employees. In addition to the physical parameters of climate, lighting and breathing air, this section looks at design features of the workplace and the man/machine interface. Studies of the working environment conditions in workplaces¹ show for 2018 that of full-time dependent employees - averaged across all economic sectors - 9.8 % are exposed to poor lighting and 22.6 % to cold, heat, wetness, draughts. More than half of them (53 %) felt stressed by these work demands.
In addition, there are interactions between working environment conditions that can lead to additional risk. For example, KULVE et al. 2018² investigated the combined effects of lighting and climate on human thermal comfort. According to this, visual perception and thermal perception influence each other. According to this, thermal discomfort seems to be partially compensable by lighting. However, the state of knowledge is not yet sufficient to derive concrete indications for risk assessment.
In chapter 7, the following factors of the working environment are considered:
 Safety and health at work - reporting year 2018 Accident Prevention Report on Work. Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA). ISBN 978-3-88261-260-8 (print) doi:10.21934/baua:bericht20191115 (online).
 KULVE, M.; SCHLANGEN, L.; MARKEN LICHTENBELT, W.: Interactions between the perception of light and temperature. In: Indoor Air 28 (2018), H. 6, 881-891
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