Occupational and Radiation Protection
The Staff Unit of Occupational and Radiation Protection deals with tasks and questions concerning workplace safety and radiation protection. In this, the Staff Unit is directly assigned to the Chancellor. The leadership of the Staff Unit is entrusted to the senior RWTH workplace safety professional.
The occupational and radiation safety staff support and advise all employees of RWTH Aachen University in all manner of occupational, radiation and health protection matters. Thus, for all questions dealing with workplace safety or radiation protection – whether it be at the office, at the shop, at the lab or wherever else people work with hazardous substances at the university – the Staff Unit is the right point of contact.
This is the workplace of all appointed occupational protection professionals and trainees. Their responsibilities are regulated by Section 6 of the Occupational Safety Act. Among others, they are tasked with supporting and advising the administration of the University as well as other persons responsible for workplace safety and accident prevention in all matters related to occupational protection, including the functional design of work processes and spaces according to the principles of human-factors engineering. They also play an important role when new equipment, facilities, or work processes are introduced in that they examine the safety-related aspects involved. They furthermore monitor that occupation protection and accident prevention measures are implemented while also guiding staff to behave according to safety-related principles and teaching and training them to avoid hazards.
The top priority for the radiation protection professionals is the protection of humans and the environment from radioactive substances or ionizing radiation. Thus, the employees of this division deal with all matters that serve to avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation and limit and reduce radiation dose. Accordingly, they supervise the handling of radioactive materials as well as the operation of x-ray and laser facilities in research, engineering and medicine.
Common Questions About the Staff Unit
What is the correct procedure after an occupational or commuting accident?
Is there information about occupational safety at the university, specifically regarding assistance in creating risk assessments?
Yes, we possess a digital risk assessment database. This can be accessed through our AGU management system.
Is there any further information on the topic of occupational and radiation protection?
Yes, for further information, please visit our Intranet pages (de).