Our goal is to ensure the physical and mental well-being of all staff. Occupational health and safety has top priority in all decisions, whether setting up a new lab or office, purchasing new machines and equipment, or replacing old office chairs. All necessary steps are taken to avoid accidents in the workplace.
Designing and equipping workspaces on the basis of modern ergonomic and technical safety criteria is standard practice at Technische Universität Berlin. Regular inspections of workspaces are carried out and supplemented with advisory and consultation services. Measuring noise levels is part of this process, as are the subsequent measures taken to reduce noise levels, such as wrapping equipment in noise-insulating material or removing the source of a noise. The technical safety of equipment and facilities is regularly checked – this also applies to fume cupboards and safety cabinets used to store chemicals.
Special protective equipment is available for all staff required to wear safety clothing in the line of duty. This includes respiratory protection as well as head, ear, and eye protection. Regular training is offered on how to handle and store dangerous substances, i.e. flammable and poisonous materials.
Particular attention is given to the protection of mothers-to-be.
The University is equipped with an extensive system of fire alarms which is regularly inspected and updated.
The Occupational Health and Safety Service also provides information on the requirements for work equipment, including its purchase and operation, and the requirements of visual display unit workstations, including sight tests. Further services include information concerning maternity protection, radiation protection, gene technology in labs, special waste, accident prevention and accident reporting as well as what to do in the event of fire.
Your main points of contact for all issues relating to occupational health and safety are the department for Occupational Health and Safety Services and Evironmental Protection (SDU) (only in German) and the TU Berlin Medical Service.
Staff working in the Department of Education for Sustainable Nutrition and Food Science are making their contribution to sustainability by equipping the offices in their newly founded academic chair with furniture from the University’s depot. This is one of many examples of how the issue of sustainability is being taken up by staff.
Students at the University can acquire a sustainability certificate and gain skills in the area of sustainable development by focusing on this issue as part of their degree program.
We also greatly value your contributions to the Council for Sustainable Development, whether as a member of the University or through your contributions to specific issues of sustainability. Check out the Council for Sustainable Development’s webpages (only in German).
Environmentally conscious behavior should in no way only be restricted to our private lives. Commitment to environmental issues is also very welcome in the workplace. The SDU (only in German) provides a number of tips as well as advice and practical support to help you and your department or academic chair save energy, water, and paper, reduce waste, and improve and intensify your waste separation.
kubus is a cooperation and advisory initiative for anyone looking to establish networks outside the University focusing on the issues of sustainable development and the environment. kubus promotes commitment to these issues in the context of the civil society and sustainable entrepreneurship as well as through a range of measures and activities dedicated to protecting the planet on various levels and by helping set up cooperative activities between academics and students at Technische Universität Berlin and non-University institutions and organizations.