Basic documents and KAN position papers
The basic documents upon which KAN's activities are based can be found here.
NOTE: The KAN position paper is currently under revision.
Workplaces must be illuminated such as to facilitate work that is economically viable, safe, and conducive to good health.
Light in all its forms has a biological effect upon human beings – irrespective of the type and source of illumination, and of whether biological effects are caused incidentally by conventional lighting or by forms of illumination planned and used intentionally for this purpose. All of these effects are associated with opportunities and risks for occupational safety and health.
The Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization (KAN) is taking a critical interest in this development as it could result in established, proven social security systems (especially those concerning health and safety) colliding with undesired parallel systems – to workers' detriment.
workstations, because glare from such surfaces is perceived as unpleasant or can
reduce visual performance. The intent of this position paper is to increase awareness among other
occupational health and safety experts in Europe and overseas, and encourage
them to support the German position.
provide guidance on whether a service standard should address OH&S aspects.