Focal Issues

Here you can find more information on the topics with which A+A deals in particular.

Overview: Focal Issues

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Commission launches new initiative to improve health and safety of workers

22/07/2017

Investment in occupational health and safety improves people's lives by preventing accidents and work-related illness. The Commission's new initiative aims to better protect workers against work-related cancer, to help businesses, in particular SME's and micro-enterprises, to comply with the existing legislative frameworkand, and to put a bigger focus on results and less on paperwork.
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"Global Asbestos Awareness Week”

04/04/2017

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advcacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims and work toward an asbestos-free future,is organizing the 13th Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW). This year’s campaign for a global asbestos ban will translate across six different languages, spreading the message to a wide international audience.
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Good leadership protects Mental Health

27/07/2016

The leadership has an enormous impact on the wellbeing and mental health of employees. This is the result of a current study. An interactive eLearning tool for promoting mental health is a new tool provides comprehensible suggestions as to how executives can protect their employees against stress-related psychological strain and how to stay healthy.
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If there is no appreciation, the stress comes

17/05/2016

Most of the stress in a work day is caused by people themselves. This is the result of a study with 220 participants by InLoox. According to the study, stressful circumstances such as parallel projects or massive e-mail traffic are not the main causes of stress at work. Instead, particularly the lack of appreciation increases the subjective feeling of stress.
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Innovation: Sensor Suit for prevention of postural deformity

01/04/2016

Recently, the research department "Cyber-Physical Systems" (CPS) of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) demonstrated how a sensor suit can protect its wearer from physical overexertion in everyday work.
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Fraunhofer study confirms influence of humidity on health and performance

22/03/2016

In a 2-year study, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO examined the importance and the effect of humidity at the office workplace. The results show that employees in offices with or without humidification suffer in varying degrees from disorders and symptoms of dry air.
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The 5 biggest mistakes with noise at work

01/03/2016

Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common recognized occupational disease in Germany. Although the EU has established binding limit values for "noise at work", this source of danger is often neglected or the measurements are not carried out professionally. Ralph Schöne from Cirrus Research, is talking about the 5 biggest mistakes with noise at the workplace.
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Breaks: Good for health, safety and performance

16/02/2016

When you keep working for hours and use your lunchtime only to get something done quickly, you are not doing anything good for yourself. Relaxing breaks are not only important for your health, they also preserve your productivity. In addition, they contribute to your safety at work and on the way home.
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OSHwiki– a web platform to connect the occupational safety and health community

01/02/2016

OSHwiki is the first web platform which allows users to create, collaborate and share knowledge on occupational safety and health (OSH) in all languages. It’s a new way to network online with the OSH community, aiming to support government, industry and employee organisations in ensuring safe and healthy workplaces.
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Hazardous substances: European judges strengthen right to information about hazardous substances in articles

25/11/2015

In a landmark decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has massively strengthened the right of consumers to obtain information about dangerous substances in products. The court ruled that the obligation on manufacturers to inform their customers and consumers if an article contains more than 0.1 percent by mass of a substance of very high concern (SVHC).
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