This term has two meanings, namely information that employees are given and the obligation of employers to obtain information.
- Information of employees: In contrast to instructions, information means the dissemination of general knowledge, which aims at enabling employees to fulfil their obligations, exercise their right to participate and implement labour protection at their workplaces. (Example: employees have to be informed about the potential dangers of noise exposure and noise abatement measures)
- Employers’ obligation to obtain information: The new philosophy of labour protection is based on the concept that employers have to assume an active role in labour protection. This can only be achieved through ongoing information on the state of the art of technology and the latest findings of labour protection (i.e. ergonomics, occupational psychology).