Psychological topics in occupational safety and health

The IAG is working on numerous psychological topics relating to safety and health at work. These include the effects of multitasking, the greater reachability of employees outside working hours, and mobile work.

Research and development

The IAG is also studying topics such as the effects of wearing earphones during driving, and how young people can be motivated to wear safety clothing.

The results of this research also feed into the IAG's practical facilities. The effects of adverse strain can be experienced directly in the stress chamber. The multitasking module enables participants to experience the effects of multitasking first-hand. The Work and breaks practical facility demonstrates the healthy structuring of breaks. Basic knowledge of psychology can be extended in the General psychology experiments practical facility.


The IAG communicates basic knowledge of psychology that can be useful for sustaining and enhancing safety and health at the workplace. Further topics of training in this area include psychological first aid and the prevention of violence at the workplace. One focus of the activities lies in mental stresses in risk assessment.


Consulting on mental stresses during risk assessments is of particular importance in this context. However, the IAG's consulting provision also covers topics such as the prevention of mental illnesses at the workplace, measures for psychological first aid, emergency psychology, the prevention of violence, and management for the promotion of good health.


The IAG attaches particular importance to interdisciplinarity at its conferences on psychological subjects. The creation of effective interfaces between the spheres of prevention, rehabilitation and psychotherapy, and to other disciplines such occupational medicine, is particularly important for workplace safety and health. Conferences on the health-conscious design of shift work fall within this area, as does the prevention of mental illnesses at the workplace.


Prof. Dr. Frauke Jahn
Tel. +49 30 13001-2200