Ergonomics & Health Management

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The aim of the research group is to design work tasks and workplaces in a way that is appropriate to the individual's abilities. In addition to the design and evaluation of preventive measures to maintain work ability and health promotion, the research group is also concerned with work design for the engagement of employees with altered performance.

Here, the focus is on determining ability data and comparing it with job requirements. The working group uses methods of micro- and macro-modelling in order to include a capability-oriented design in the planning of work tasks and workplaces.

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The high proportion of manual material handling in picking results in high physical work load on the employees. This leads to a risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders, especially in older people or personnel with less work capability.

Picking orders are usually given to employees randomly or according to the FIFO principle. Individual skills or work capabilities of the employees are not taken into account.

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In view of demographic changes and the associated increase in the retirement age, the proportion of older employees in companies will continue to rise in the coming years. This is why more and more companies are asking themselves how they can contribute to maintaining the health and working capacity of their employees.

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For the first time, transfer projects will examine the feasibility of findings from research projects conducted over the past six years on the subject of “work and old age” in company practice.

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Age-differentiated personnel planning and work design is deficient in terms of validated planning and design tools. Praxeological approaches of the enterprises are in the foreground.

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