Issues with the Implementation of Material Handling Regulations in Switzerland

  • Maggie GrafEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 820)


In Switzerland, there are specific legal requirements for companies to provide lifting tools and organisational measures to avoid the necessity to lift. From international surveys on risks and at work and company prevention measures it does seem that these requirements are having an effect, however, in order for laws to be implemented, companies must be aware of the requirements and labour inspectors must insist on compliance. In both of these areas, there is still work to be done. The survey show that physical risks at work are generally increasing, although they still remain within the European average. Companies seem to have introduced the technical measures more frequently than the organizational measures prescribed by the law.


Manual handling Laws Compliance 


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    Labour Law of Switzerland (only available in German, French and Italian). Arbeitsgesetz ArG. Accessed 28 May 2015
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    Ordinance 3 to the Labour Law (only available in German, French and Italian). Verordnung 3. Accessed 28 May 2015
  3. 3.
    2nd European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (2014) European Agency for Health and Safety at WorkGoogle Scholar
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    5th and 6th European Working Conditions Survey (2005, 2015) EurofoundGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Working Conditions Research Division, Department of LabourState Secretariat of Economic AffairsBernSwitzerland

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