- employers are bond to initiate measures of occupational health and safty for their employees (§ 3 work protection act)?
- based on the law and on occipational-medical knowledge, a break of at least 11 hours between two work assignments is mandatory?
- an employer must do a risk assessment for each work place ... and is then obliged to minimise risks recognised in the process?
- since 2013, part of the work place related risk assessment is an evaluation of psychological strains. Please note: it differs individually when stress turns into strain and becomes a risk in need of regulation.
- work related factors of strain can be: pace of work, pressure by superiors, time pressure, unclear tasks or responsibilities, anxiety of mistakes, pressure of responsibility, ongoing concentration, limited room for manoeuvre, diverting goals of tasks, high emotional involvement, lack of social support, short-notice availability, lack of qualification and experience, availability outside of office hours, long work hours, conflicts, dealing with difficult cooperation partners, noise, bad light, lifting and carrying, one-sided physical work and forced posture (computer), non-ergonomic work equipment, drafts, heat, and cold?
- ...if you fall ill (more than 3 days) you need to sent a medical doctor's "yellow form" through your departments administration office to the personnel department, and also send the second paper of the yellow form (= grey copy) to your health insurance company.
- the European Union recently demands the documenting of work hours, and probably the university must come up in the future with a way to doing it.
Preventive health management should be as specific to a certain group as possible. Mentally as well as time-wise, room-wise, and language-wise measures and offers need to be fitting for the work- and life situation of a target group. Therefore, KRAM members discuss with university officials whenever the heterogeneous body of academic employees is concerned. Additionally, questions of diversity (employees with a background of migration, differences of gender and age, etc.) are observed where necessary (read more: in Badura et al. 2015: Sandrock & Breutmann; Dragano & Wahl; Klärs).
Literature tip (in German): Badura, B. et al. (Hg.)(2016). Fehlzeiten-Report 2015. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.