The Future of Safety in a Digitalized World
The A+A trade fair in Düsseldorf welcomes visitors from 5 to 8 November 2019. You will find KAN on...
With Regulation (EU) 2019/1149, the European Parliament and Council launched the establishment of a...
The seminar on principles of standardization work in occupational safety and health will be held in...
It sounds compelling: a worker dons an exoskeleton and then performs physically demanding or uncomfortable tasks with ease, and under ideal circumstances also more quickly. But is it really that simple? Read in the Special section of this issue why the use of exoskeletons needs to be considered and planned very carefully if it is to be effective for both the company and the worker.
The literature review discusses the latest OSH-related findings of scientific studies into the non-visual effects of light. In order for the non-visual effects of light to be considered as broadly as possible, a number of specialist disciplines – chronobiology, occupational medicine and lighting technology – were involved in the KAN Study. The comprehensive assessment from the perspective of lighting technology can be found in the annex. This assessment sets out principles of lighting technology and current knowledge of potential harm to the eyes caused by an excessively intense blue light component.
The available studies into the non-visual effects of light were conducted primarily under controlled conditions (for example in sleep laboratories). They generally involved only small numbers of test subjects, or were animal experimental studies. These studies are well suited to identifying cause-effect relationships. In turn, the cause-effect relationships facilitate transfer of the results of studies to scenarios beyond those studied. Laboratory studies cannot however describe the actual circumstances at workplaces. Additional studies at workplaces (field studies) involving large numbers of test subjects are therefore important, even though such studies may also be subject to confounding influences that are difficult to control.