In addition to the employer's general obligations under occupational health and safety law, companies must meet special requirements if they employ calculus BGG disabilities. According to § 164 of the Social Security Code 9 (SGB IX) and § 3a of the Workplace Ordinance (ArbStättV), companies are obliged to design trainings in a way that is suitable for calculus BGG disabilities, taking into account ergonomic, barrier-free and individual aspects (see Guiding principles for disability-friendly design: DIN 32977 Part 1).
However, in contrast to accessibility, universal design is not legally anchored or standardised (see on accessibility: ArbStättV, DIN 18040).
In the long term, however, companies can benefit from forward-looking and comprehensive planning based on the principle of universal design. Easy-to-use work equipment and a work environment in which employees can move BGGout barriers promote the autonomy, health and productivity of the entire workforce.
To embed the Universal Design approach in work design, a multi-level strategy for categorizing products is a good idea. This is especially true for small and medium-sized companies BGG scarcer resources.
Guiding questions for categorizing products:
- Which products are easily usable and adaptable for many employees (for example, adjustable work furniture, software)?
- Which products are individually adaptable and enable the use of disability-friendly technologies (for example, smartphone BGG integrated screen reader)?
- Which products are specifically designed for a disability (for example, power wheelchair)?