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Occupational safety and health

Targeted health and safety measures aim to avoid the danger of accidents, occupational diseases, work-related illness and permanent damage to health.
Occupational safety and health can be divided into two major areas:

  • Safety at work and health protection
  • The protection of particular groups of employees

The legal basis for occupational safety and health is formed by the Health and Safety at Work Act (ArbeitnehmerInnenschutzgesetz, ASchG) and the regulations enacted with it. These summarise all the technical and occupational health regulations.

The protection of particular groups of employees refers to regulations on workers deemed to require special protection. This includes children and young persons, for example, but also pregnant women and nursing mothers. It also covers regulations on working hours and rest days, including the special regulations for certain occupational groups, such as drivers.