Search item. The occupational health and safety system in Germany is structured hierarchically. Basic protection goals and minimum standards are formulated on a European level and provide the framework for the national drafting. In Germany, occupational health and safety is controlled legally by the Federal Government and the federal states, as well as the accident insurers in a dual system.
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Search item. When the temperatures at the workstation are too high, well-being and health may suffer. Therefore, the employer must guarantee tolerable temperatures on hot days. Here, the following topics regarding room temperatures in workplaces are established in a binding manner:. The Workplaces Ordinance does neither include detailed requirements nor does it include measures. Accordingly, the decision regarding the possible room temperature, taking into consideration the boundary conditions mentioned above, is covered by the sphere of responsibility of the employer.
Specific information regarding this can be found in the delegated set of rules:. Thus, there is no general statutory compulsion regarding the compliance with a maximum temperature in workplaces. An assessment of the health conduciveness must be performed particularly regarding the individual cases mentioned in the ASR A3. The personal physical condition, the adaptation to the heat acclimatisation , and the loss of water of the body dehydration play an essential role.
Furthermore, it must be observed whether employees with a special need for protection are present, e. Due to the complexity of the question, such a verification should be performed by experts on site. For this, consultation with the safety expert, the company doctor, or the competent authority is recommendable e.
Trade Supervisory Board or accident insurer. Practical information for measuring and evaluating the climate parameters, as well as on protective measures when working under the effects of heat can be found in the information brochures of the accident insurers and the LASI.
For example, a nomograph risk graph climate is included in the DGUV information This can be used to quickly and readily estimate the situation in a working space based on the air temperature and the humidity. Find out more : AmI-based control of ventilation and air conditioning systems and exemplary application to the phenomenon of "dry air" ….
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Search Search item. High room temperatures What is permitted by the legislator and when the employer has to take measures. Further Information. Recommendations for hot summer days in workplaces Find out more : Recommendations for hot summer days in workplaces …. More about Physical Agents and Work Environment.
In individual cases e. The employer must take efficient measures according to table 4 of the ASR A3. During the time this temperature is exceeded, the room is not suitable for being used as a working space if no measures are taken, e.
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