November BGBl. For conditions governing use of this translation, please see the information provided under "Translations". Ordinance on Occupational Health Care. Pursuant to Article 10, first sentence, of that Ordinance, it entered into force on 24 December Section 1 Objective and scope.

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Employers are responsible for ensuring that their employees' workplace is safe and that their health is protected. Employers must install and maintain the working places, workstations, machinery, facilities, etc. In Berlin, companies registering their trade or business with the authorities are automatically listed with the Berufsgenossenschaft trade association responsible for their industry.

They must report to their responsible trade association within one week's time to take out workmen's compensation insurance for their free-lance staff and their employees. The ordinance contains provisions on how workspaces, storage areas and stores must be designed and furnished. This also relates to escape and exit routes, break rooms and sanitary facilities. Arbeitssicherheitsgesetz ASiG, German Occupational Safety Act : provides for the appointment of company physicians and specialists for accident prevention and the improvement of safety at the workplace and designs their tasks.

The German Occupational Safety Act is put into more specific terms by the accident prevention regulations published by the trade associations.

Betriebssicherheitsverordnung BetrSichV, Industrial Safety Ordinance : provides for the safe handling of equipment and tools, machines, instruments and facilities. Gefahrstoffverordnung GefStoffV, Ordinance on Hazardous Substances : establishes comprehensive rules for introducing and trading chemicals on the market.

Biostoffverordnung BioStoffV, Biological Substances Ordinance : provides for the protection, safety and health of employees working with biological substances and includes a categorization of such substances into risk groups. The law stipulates the maximum number of working hours per day and provides for minimum break times during work as well as minimum rest periods after work. Moreover, it contains provisions as to night-time and shift work as well as work on Sundays and legal holidays.

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