Barrier-free access in production halls and office premises
Work is currently ongoing to merge two assembly areas in Neutraubling, with the department concerned being relocated from Hall 1 to Hall 9. To this end, a lifting aid for repositioning heavy crates of material must be installed in Hall 9. Ergonomics are another important aspect in this context: The worktables are required to be height-adjustable to match each worker’s physical size, something that is a health benefit for everyone, of course, not only for disabled persons. Moreover, new parking slots have to be built in the vicinity of Hall 9 as a result of the relocation, so all staff can reach their workplace easily.
Furthermore, one of the office buildings is currently being gutted and redeveloped. This project also includes the provision of height-adjustable desks for all staff. “Height-adjustable desks are a putatively small but very important step in the right direction. Sure, people can request them if necessary but that is often a rather protracted process. So we’re all the more pleased that we can put them in place straight away for all employees as part of the building refurbishment process,” says Gerhard Schuster. Another top priority for the construction work is barrier-free toilet facilities and lifts.
A fresh breeze and time to listen to problems
“We’re delighted by the foresightful planning and the fact that the need for inclusive design of the working environment has been taken fully on board. That is because all the progress already made enables us to devote more time and effort to special one-off cases which tend to be rather complex and require the input of integration support experts,” to quote Milan Majstorovic.
Feedback on the great number of measures already implemented is good. The representative for severely disabled employees has noticed a change in people’s attitudes towards inclusion across the board: “Our colleagues’ awareness for this topic has been honed, they highlight areas with potential for improvement. We get tips from people with and without disablement. That’s just great because we definitely depend on their input.”
All the progress already made enables us to devote more time and effort to special one-off cases which tend to be rather complex.
Milan MajstorovicRepresentative for severely disabled employees