Working Equipment, Construction Products and Mechanical Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment against physical hazards - Transportation and traffic systems, constructional elements/construction products - Materials and tools

Tester examining the reflective jacket in front of him

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Testing a reflective jacket
Source: DGUV

The focal points in the field of PPE against physical hazards are:

  • Testing/certifying and advising on PPEs against physical hazards (protective clothing, safety gloves, protective headwear, foot protection)
  • Investigating accidents on PPE against physical hazards; basic research into technical safety issues regarding the use of PPE against physical hazards
  • Devising test guidelines and cooperating in the relevant standard-setting bodies for PPE against physical hazards

Protective device, broken out

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Testing guards on machine tools
Source: DGUV

The responsibilities in the field of transportation and traffic systems include:

  • Testing and conducting basic research into the area of mechanical safety of transporting and lifting equipment
  • Testing and studying fastening materials and other elements for securing loads on lorries

Tester testing the slip-resistance on a pool of liquid

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Testing the non-slip characteristics of floor surfacing
Source: DGUV

The focal points in the field of constructional elements/construction products are:

  • Testing the anti-slip properties of floor coverings
  • Testing ladders and steps; accident investigations and examination of technical issues relating to the use of ladders and steps
  • Examination of the mechanical safety of constructional elements such as windows, doors and gates
  • Testing temporary structures (scaffolding) and parts used temporarily for the erection and maintenance of building structures, particularly collective protective equipment
  • Technical safety studies of construction products that indicate traffic routes and secure them
  • Testing the safety against falls through construction components
  • Performance of tests on construction products in the course of development
  • Studying transport safety and practicality for use of large-area enclosure elements for walls, ceilings and roofs
  • Analysis of damage and injury resulting from constructional element failure, especially as related to occupational accidents
  • Development of test specifications and participation in the relevant standardization committees for temporary auxiliary construction materials

Broken crane hook

Damage inspection on a failed crane hook
Source: DGUV

The following responsibilities are included in the field materials and tools:

  • Testing metallic and non-metallic materials; advice on questions of materials
  • Testing the mechanical safety of rotating tools, especially grinding tools; developing test procedures for grinding tools and investigating accidents causing damage or injury during their use
  • Conducting basic research on the design and the dimensioning as well as testing of guards
  • Analysing failures and investigating accidents on machine elements, components and technical working equipment
  • Studying the aging of components and technical working equipment made from plastics


Olaf Mewes

Accident Prevention: Digitalisation - Technologies

Tel: +49 30 13001-3540
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