For noise and vibrations at the workplace
Noise and vibration pollution at workplaces, e. g. caused by machines, can have a negative impact on the performance of the affected employees within a short period of time. Long-term exposure moreover can result in health damages.
Since 2007, the “noise and vibration occupational safety” regulation [Lärm- und Vibrations-Arbeitsschutzverordnung (LärmVibrationsArbSchV)] regulates the protection from workplace noise and vibrations. It stipulates an upper trigger value for the daily noise exposure level of 85 dB(A). Above this limit value, the employer must take protective measures. Additionally, it stipulates a lower trigger value of 80 dB(A), where the employer at a minimum is obliged to inform the concerned employees about possible health damages from permanent noise exposure.
Another focus is the determination and evaluation of noise situations at existing respectively the interpretation of planned office workplaces. In accordance with the “Working Conditions Act” [Arbeitsschutzgesetz (ArbSchG)], a limiting value between 55 and 70 dB(A) is stipulated for cognitive activities.