Despite all the technical progress made, healthy and motivated employees are still a decisive factor in successful and sustainable corporate management. Health and safety at work is an essential part of this. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (Sec. 5 German Occupational Safety and Health Act and Sec. 4 Austrian Occupational Safety and Health Act (ASchG)), employers, operators and investors are obliged to perform a risk assessment and derive operating instructions from this if necessary to record and evaluate all risks in the workplace caused by work activities and equipment. Protective measures need to be defined and regularly checked for their effectiveness: If these objectives are not yet achieved, the protective measures in place for occupational health and safety need to be adapted and then re-examined.
The requisite continuous process of improvement in occupational safety results from this. The processes that are required for this, such as the PDCA control cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act), need to be introduced and further developed at the company.
Work equipment is also included for consideration in the risk assessment (see Risk Assessment). Inspections need to be carried out at regular intervals depending on the demands placed on the equipment and the legal requirements of the German Operating Safety Ordinance (BetrSichV) or the Austrian Use of Work Equipment Directive (AM-VO). According to the BetrSichV, plants in Germany that require special monitoring are subject to special regulations and inspections by qualified persons or approved monitoring bodies (AMB).
- Safety-related support in accordance with Sec. 6 Occupational Safety Act (ASiG – DE) or by the Disruptive Incident Commission (SFK – AT)
- Appointment of a health and safety coordinator in accordance with the Construction Site Ordinance
- Performance of risk assessments in accordance with the ArbSchG or the ASChG, and the BetrSichV or the AM-VO, Hazardous Substances Ordinance (GefStoffV)
- Introduction of an occupational health and safety management system (e. g. ISO 45001, OHSAS 18001, SCC)
- • Advisory on risk management according to ISO 31000
- Verification of compliance with the legal requirements for health and safety at work (legal compliance assessment)
- Preparation of safety concepts, risk assessments and operating instructions and assembly instructions
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Comprehensive occupational health and safety protection is crucial in maintaining and promoting employees’ working capacity. Comprehensive occupational health and safety protection is crucial in maintaining and promoting employees’ working capacity. This is also where the foundations for overarching risk management can be found…Download weyer special here