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Document ID (ISN)100328
CIS number 02-1432
ISBN(s) 3-89701-658-3
Year 2001
Convention or series no. Fb 916
Author(s) Barth C., Hamacher W., Stoll R.
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Development of effective structures for improving occupational safety and health in small and medium-sized companies taking the examples of noise reduction and ergonomics
Original title Präventive Arbeitsschutzstrukturen für Klein- und Mittelbetriebe am Beispiel Lärmbehinderung und Ergonomie [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2001. 335p. Illus. 133 ref. Price: EUR 25.50.
Abstract Through an analysis of practical cases in small firms in various industries, the objective of this study was to examine organizational factors responsible for levels of noise and physical strain detrimental to the health of employees, as well as the structural causes of the lax application of legal requirements with respect to noise levels and the ergonomic design of workplaces. Based on these elements, effective safety and health organizational structures are proposed. Safety and health considerations need to be integrated into the company's management and organization as well as in its operating procedures, and must equally be based on internal knowledge and on external expert advice. Five recommendations for the development of an integrated safety and health management system are proposed.
Descriptors (primary) small enterprises; plant safety and health organization; noise control; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) case study; Germany; role of management; manual lifting; work posture; noise level
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Small and medium-sized enterprises