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Work 4.0: New challenges for prevention
Digitalization of the world of work, or "Work 4.0", places new demands upon occupational safety and health. Networking, reachability, monitoring by computers and information technologies, and the closely linked intensification of work, are topics ...

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Occupational exposure limit values (OELs)
Occupational exposure limit values are an important tool for the protection of employees from risks to their health and safety due to hazardous substances. According to Art. 2, Sec. 8 of the German Hazardous Substances Ordinance (GefStoffV), the ...

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Ergonomics
The term "ergonomics" is formed from the Greek words "ergon" (work) and "nomos" (science, law). It refers to the science of human work, i.e. the ideal adaptation of work to the characteristics and abilities of the working human being. The ...

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Aids to working with the EU GHS Regulation
The United Nations' "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)" forms the basis for the harmonization worldwide of regulations for the classification and labelling of hazardous substances and hazardous goods, and ...

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Collaborative robots (COBOTS)
Collaborative industrial robots are complex machines which work hand in hand with human beings. In a shared work process, they support and relieve the human operator. One example: a robot lifts and positions a heavy workpiece whilst a human worker ...

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Noise
Noise is undesired sound that can cause impairments or damage to health. Even at relatively low acoustic pressures, noise can be perceived as annoying and disturbing. It can give rise to stress reactions that have a detrimental effect on the ...

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Mobile IT-supported work
As in more traditional forms of work, employees performing work supported by information and communications technology (ICT) are legally entitled to safe and healthy working conditions. In the area of traditional office VDU workplaces, this is ...

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Ultrafine aerosols and nanoparticles at the workplace
Together with biotechnology and information technology, nanotechnology is regarded as one of the driving forces behind a new industrial revolution which will impact upon the lives of all people in various ways. According to estimates, nanoscale ...

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NoRA OSH standards search tool
NoRA is a powerful tool for searching for OSH-related standards. It was developed jointly by KAN and DIN Software GmbH and is available for use free of charge. English and German user interfaces are available. The database contains ...

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The REACH Chemical Regulation and occupational safety and health
The EU REACH chemical regulation came into force on 1 June 2007. It addresses not only manufacturers and distributors of chemicals, but also commercial users. In addition to environmental protection, it particularly concerns occupational safety and ...

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Round-robin tests of the IFA
Since 1989, the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (IFA) has been providing round-robin tests for laboratories and measuring stations worldwide for the purpose of self-examination and for the ...

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Radiation
For many people, the term "radiation" has negative connotations. The hazards of radioactive radiation are known, and radiation from mobile phones, for example, is a cause for concern. In physics, the term "radiation" is used much more generally for ...

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Whole-body and hand-arm vibration
The effects of vibration upon human beings may range from annoyance and a deterioration in performance, through the endangering of health, to actual harm to health. Workplace exposure of human beings to vibration is classified as whole-body or ...

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Virtual reality in human-system interaction
In VR (virtual reality), a person interacts with a simulated environment. Workers experience realistic interaction with simulated installations, machines and work equipment in a virtual work environment. They are submerged in the virtual ...