Office work is diverse, with jobs ranging from those that demand a
high level of skill and knowledge, to those where the worker has little control
over their work or the organisation of their working day. Although widely
regarded as low risk environments, the large (and growing) proportion of
employees within the EU who work in office environments means that a significant
number of workers are potentially exposed to any risks to their health that
In the modern office much of the focus in terms of risks to health relate to
the use of computers in some form. However, it is important to recognise that
computers are not the only potential source of risk. Some health problems arise
from the essentially sedentary nature of many office-based jobs (regardless of
whether a computer is used or not); while documents and papers can be heavy
(especially in bulk) and might lead to manual handling risks (especially when
combined with sustained sitting and a general lack of movement).
The Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e.V. (DGUV) has published a rule
describing occupational safety and health measures tailored to office work.
DGUV Rules are drawn up by experts at the German Social Accident Insurance and
further OSH experts. These experts are familiar with the day-to-day conditions
in companies within the sector, and know where hazards exist to the safety and
health of these companies' employees.
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work