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Life, Health and Safety

Remark: Mrs. Manuela Marik will be the person to contact for most of the things mentioned on this page

Rules and Regulations

A fairly complex set of laws and other regulations governs occupational health and safety issues. While a system of regular inspections tries to assure compliance with legal regulations, it is advisable to read the local regulations. The following text gives some guidance, but does not replace any of the legal documents.

Legal regulations: ArbeitnehmerInnenschutzgesetz Allgemeine Arbeitnehmerschutzverordnung

TU regulations: Labor und Werkstättenordnung German  English


Getting Started

You will need:

Eating and Drinking

The guiding principle is a strict separation of things for human consumption (food, drinks, medication) from laboratory stuff, chemicals, samples, etc.

Work and alcoholic drinks don't fit together. A combination of activities in laboratories and workshops and alcohol is strictly unacceptable. This should also be borne in mind after various internal parties and celebrations, where drinks are not limited to Diet Coke.

There are two small kitchens and a staff room for storing and preparing food. In the staff room you can also eat. Please keep these places clean and supervise anything you are cooking. We have had fire alarms because of forgotten pots on a cooker. Please remember a few simple rules:


We are in a non-smoking building. Therefore smoking is not permitted. If you can't quit (the best solution), ask your fellow addicts for some half-way acceptable solutions to your problem.

Office work

Normally, our offices are set up in an ergonomic way. If your back, head or eyes start hurting during work, please tell. In many situations minor adjustments will solve the problem.

A special problem are glossy computer monitors (mostly iMac). These are not permitted by Austrian working codes because you might get into a situation where your eyes rapidly change focus between the screen image and the mirror image. There are stick-on anti-glare films available if needed, but not generally installed, as results have been less than satisfactory.

Important: Do not order new computers with glossy displays. A possible solution for Apple-users is a Mac-mini with some other monitor.


Procurements are normally done through your group leader or with her/his consent. Invoices are processed by Mr. Friedrich Beringer in our office, who will ask you at once which account should be charged.

Items exceeding EUR 1000,– are ordered through our accounting system by Mr. Beringer. In case of urgency (i.e. always) he will give you a PDF-file of the order form for ordering by email.

BBG Web Shop Many things ranging from single transistors to computers or oscilloscopes can be ordered from the BBG Web Shop at a preferential price. Ing. Paul Berlinger (see Electronics) has access and will help you.

Chemicals, Gases For safety reasons these things are exclusively ordered by Mrs. Manuela Marik.

Laboratory work

As this is the most dangerous area, many rules and regulations deal with it. A few more important ones:

Computers and Internet

You can either use computers belonging to the institute or bring your laptop. Normally, You can plug your laptop into a socket and get it configured automatically. Protection by firewalls is minimal, so take care to have latest software upgrade and virus scanners installed, especially for Windows machines.

We take intellectual property rights and copyright serious. therefore the following points need to be strictly adhered to:

For more details, see the Acceptable Use Policy. German English

Machine Shop

We have a machine shop with professional staff and state of the art machinery. Machines and tools are for exclusive use by the machine shop staff with RARE exceptions, granted by the head of the shop, Ing.Wolfgang Beck. If you need something fabricated, please produce a sketch with measures of the desired object(s). If expensive or very special materials or tools are required, your group will be charged.


Our Electronics shop/laboratory is headed by Ing. Paul Berlinger. He will build special electronic devices not available on the market and repair or modify electronic instruments. If you want to work yourself on some piece of electronics, consult with him for a desk and the instruments/tools needed. He will order components not available and provide support and advice. Orders will be charged to your group.

Incidents and Accidents

Shit happens. Even with utmost care, things do go wrong now and then. Depending on type and seriousness of the incident, some of the following needs to be done:

Vital information is found on the First Aid Page

If you have familiarized yourself with the necessary equipment and procedures sometime before the incident, this will help.

Further information

Informations for Users of IAP Laboratories and for new coworkers

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