Hot Topic #17
Integration of ergonomics into education and training
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We have a collection of projects dealing with this special topic. Here are some of them, in random order, presented in our TOOLBOX and/or the GOOD PRACTICE area:

Healthy Working: Move
UK
As new technology continues to offer us lots of amazing devices that do incredible things, our understanding of what their long-term use can do to our bodies has failed to keep pace. Children use computers, tablets and smartphones in ways that would not be acceptable for adults in the workplace. These activities pose serious threats to their long-term health particularly as children's bodies are still developing.
Healthy Working MOVE, Developed by Cardinus and Health & Safety Laboratory, consists of free e-learning for students of all ages and an accompanying eBook for parents and teachers with advice on how to protect children in the classroom and at home. MOVE is an online learning tool for children age 7-11, 12-17 or young adults 18+
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This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area


Ergonomics for designers
Germany
Products can be designed with appropriate consideration for safety and health aspects by the application of standards governing ergonomics. In order for greater consideration to be given to the standards in this area during the design process than has previously been the case, knowledge of these standards and their content must be communicated more strongly during the training of engineers and designers. Consultation of university teaching staff on design courses has revealed that up to now, the aspect of ergonomics has only been touched upon during the training of engineers and, in particular, designers, or that such tuition is offered only as an option. This situation was to be rectified by the development of a module of lectures by experts in ergonomics and design theory. The goal of the project was to provide lecture modules containing information on ergonomics and ergonomics standardization.
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Napo in… Lighten the Load
Europe
A film about prevention of MSDs.
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The ergonomic classroom as a contribution to good and healthy school
Germany
Design and furnishing of classrooms are important factors for successful learning and teaching and thus the health of pupils and teachers. The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and its members support the concept of "good and healthy school". Therefore, in close cooperation with the competent accident insurers in two schools, a secondary school in North Rhine-Westphalia and a primary school in Saxony, one classroom in each school has been exemplary optimized under ergonomic criteria, such as indoor climate and indoor air quality, acoustics, lighting and color, furniture and flooring. An extensive evaluation was carried out, including measurements before and after the redesign and surveys of students and teachers. The evaluation has shown that the working and learning conditions could be improved with the ergonomic design of the classroom. The ergonomic design is thus an essential component of a learning- and health-promoting classroom, which should be taken into account as fully as possible in the planning and realization of new school buildings and / or renovations.
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This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area


PE-ABLE
Spain
The main objective of the PE-ABLE project is the development of the contents and the application of a formative tool to assure to European Occupational Safety professionals a worthy education and training along their professional career regarding to Ergonomics, Participatory Ergonomics (PE) and Personal Abilities and Skills, as well as develop the necessary actions to enhance it.
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Examples of good practice for ergonomically designed machines
Germany
What characterizes an ergonomically designed machine? What aspects must be considered during design? Where can I find relevant information? This catalogue of good-practice examples of ergonomically designed machines is intended to assist in raising awareness of ergonomic parameters during the design of machinery and to indicate sources of more detailed information in standards.
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This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area


“Airedale Backcare Programme for Children (ABC)”
UK
The ABC programme was designed in the response to the problem of low back pain. Research by BackCare found 50% of children would experience low back pain by the age of 14. In response to this statistic, the ABC team developed health education initiative. The programme addresses this urgent need by offering a dynamic, interactive and evidence based workshop. Dynamic, interactive and evidence based workshop presentation for school children from 6-12 years old, their family and school staff- Planning for and leading courses throughout the UK to train multi-disciplinary candidates on how to teach back care to children.
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fitcampus - Health Promoting University
Germany
The University of Applied Sciences Erfurt and the health insurance company " AOK PLUS " started this project in 2009. A project group with representatives of the insurance company and the University (University Board, Staff, Student Council, Project Manager / initiator etc.) put together the tasks for the period until the end of 2011.
FH Erfurt became the first university in Thuringia which was involved in such a project for health prevention for members of the university. An important innovation was that not only the staff of the university can participate in the project, but also the students were explicitly included and could particularly benefit from prevention services. The aim of the project to improve health by promotion activities for both employees and students, a reduction in absenteeism and an optimization of the work and study satisfaction.
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This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area


Bone Health for Life
USA
Information about bone health, healthy nutrition, ergonomics for the whole family. Our bones support us and allow us to move. They protect our brain, heart, and other organs from injury. Our bones also store minerals such as calcium and phosphorous, which help keep our bones strong, and release them into the body when we need them for other uses.
There are many things we can do to keep our bones healthy and strong. Eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, getting plenty of exercise, and having good health habits help keep our bones healthy.
But if we don’t eat right and don’t get enough of the right kinds of exercise, our bones can become weak and even break. Broken bones (called fractures) can be painful and sometimes need surgery to heal. They can also cause long-lasting health problems.
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Ergonomics tuition modules for designer training
Germany
During their training, engineers currently receive very little tuition in human engineering. The corresponding topics are adequately included in training only at institutions with human engineering departments. KAN's objective was therefore to facilitate the integration of knowledge from the areas of occupational safety and health and ergonomics into the training of designers, thereby contributing to products, work equipment and workplaces satisfying ergonomics and safety standards. To achieve this aim, it was considered necessary to create dedicated tuition modules on ergonomics. The tuition modules are to enable lecturers - including those from disciplines outside human engineering - to deliver basic knowledge from the area of ergonomics and ergonomics standardization. Based upon the identified requirements, the basic ergonomic knowledge was compiled into five tuition modules together with examples of good practice.
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This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area


Children’s Ergonomics
UK
Children are not currently protected by legislation in the same way that adults are in the workplace in Europe. In many schools there is a lack of appropriate equipment such as school furniture and activity based learning techniques and environments to improve posture, fitness, attention and attainment. All too often products and services intended for children fall woefully short of the criteria expected for adults. The group aims to increase the knowledge of good ergonomics among those working with and designing for children and establish best ergonomics practice across a range of topic areas: Furniture & postural health education, Technology, Environmental Factors, Multiple Learning Styles/intelligences, Special Education, Education of benefits of good ergonomics (raising awareness)
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Physical activities in day-care facilities
Germany
The German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the public sector in Hesse has picked up this important topic in volume 21 of the series, "Physical activity offers in day-care facilities". The lack of exercise and physical activity promotion is still a problem for children of all ages in day-care facilities. The brochure is aimed at educational professionals in day-care facilities. It includes a comprehensive introduction to the topic and is supplemented by a variety of practical exercise suggestions. The brochure, designed for beginners as well as experienced staff is ready for download on the UKH website.
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HSE’s ‘Risk-reduction through design’ Award
UK
The 'Risk-reduction through design’ Award is sponsored by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF).
HSE wants to inspire businesses to consider how ergonomics–based design changes can reduce the risks of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and nominate design changes that have made a real impact.
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The ups and downs of sitting
Germany
Actually sitting is not really a problem. You sit down, and after a little time you stand up again. But the time span between sitting down and getting up has steadily grown longer in our modern society. And continuous sitting over several hours, as more and more people are forced to even at their work- place, is a problem. After all, man is actually made to move, and without movement not only does the cardiovascular system suffers, but also and in parti- cular the support and motor apparatus degenerates. Disorders of the musculoskeletal system have long been at the top of the statistical tables when it comes to days lost through illness.
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Ergotainment
Germany
A series of training events at companies, called “fresh ergonomics”. Ergonomics specialists visit companies and provide entertaining training for ergonomical behaviour and work to reduce back problems.
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Run Your Health
Netherlands
Run Your Health — empowering employees of all ages to take action for their health (Local example SAP Netherlands). SAP SE is a leading global independent software manufacturer. As in the software sector in general, SAP employees face a number of risks to a sustainable working life, such as stress, due to the fast-paced changes in the technology industry, and physical health issues arising from sedentary desk-based work. These can result in musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other health problems, in addition to reduced job satisfaction and poor work–life balance. SAP takes a holistic and proactive approach in addressing these issues.
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YOGA Exercises for work related MSDs in Welder Trade Training course
India
In ITI Latur Welder Trade Instructors and trainees during training course use to complain about work related MSDs, resulted in abscentism from training practicals. An attempt was made to aware and prevent MSDs. Yoga excerises has been introduced as a preventive measure. Also, organized campaigning for awareness for Welder trade realted MSDs during regular training session.


Healthy from the beginning - Gesund von Anfang an
Germany
The trainees are divided into two classes at each of the nursing schools: one intervention class and one control class. Over the period of the trainee (three years) the intervention group is trained for example in the issues of health and safety, resilience, ergonomics, prevention of addiction, social relationships in addition to the general education of the control group. They are supported by their teachers (school) and their mentors (nursing homes).
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Jolly Back
UK
Jolly Back offers several information sheets on topics dealing with ergonomics and prevention od MSDs, like: How to improve back health in primary children with physical activity, How to choose an office chair, How much should I exercise?, How to Reduce Back Pain in Primary Teachers and Teaching Assistants, How can back health and posture be improved for children in the primary classroom?, How to Reduce Back Pain in Early Years and Preschool Teachers, School Bags and Moving Equipment - Back Health Advice for Primary Schools , and more.
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Screen Ergonomics
Germany
As at nearly every workplace, there is a computer screen, many people complaining at the end of your work day, tired eyes, headache and pain in neck, back and arms. Since the Computer is not only in profession but also in leisure time a lot of used equipment, it is worth learning as early as possible, to minimise the impact on health.
Here are information available, as well as worksheets, background information, and working materials for teachers and students.
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Movements that make Changes (Pokreti koji čine promjene)
Croatia
During 2016/2017 INA d.d. within the ZDRAVLJE + project launched a campaign titled "Movements that make Changes". The main goal of campaign was to prevent occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of INA Group employees (target groups). It is well known that MSDs are a global, public health problem because they have high prevalence around the world, which means enormous expenses for health insurance and community in general, and are the most common cause of chronic non-malignant pain and incompetence. This campaign was initiated because the employers of INA Group companies every day report about problems with MSDs.
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Safety Management, Occupational Hygiene and Ergonomics
Poland
During the educational process the students acquire current knowledge regarding ergonomics, safety and health protection, analysis and assessment of occupational risk, safety and work hygiene management.
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Further education in the subject of ergonomics and human relations at work
Germany
The education is divided into different modules of coherent units. Duration and course of the studies is self-determined by each student, according to private and on-the-job duties.
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Good health through correct movement (Pravilnim kretanjem do zdravlja)
Croatia
Supermarket chain Lidl Hrvatska, in cooperation with the Faculty of Kinesiology - University of Zagreb, started a unique initiative “Good health through correct movement”, aiming to familiarize its employees with the correct performance of movements both at their workplace and in everyday life. The initiative exclusively targeting the quality of everyday movements, in contrast to many focused exclusively on the quantity of movement, has two goals. First, for its employees to learn the correct body positions for the performance of everyday tasks in the warehouse, and second – to achieve the automation of the learned correct body positions both at the workplace and in spare time.
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ErgoKiTa
Germany
This Report contains the key results from the project "Ergo KiTa – prevention of musculoskeletal disorders among educators in children's day care facilities (kindergartens)" in the period from June 2011 to December 2013. Project partners were the Institute for Work Science, Technical University of Darmstadt (IAD), Institute for Occupational-, Social - and Environmental Medicine, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main (ASU), and the Institute for OSH of the German Social Accident insurance (IFA), Sankt Augustin. The project was initiated by the Accident Insurance funds Hesse, Northrhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Pfalz as well as the professional Association for health service and Wellfare (BGW). In the study, physical and psychological stress in day-care center were recognized in everyday life, and solution approaches for the improvement of occupational and health of the pedagogical staff in day-care centres were developed. The effectiveness of the prevention measures, especially to reduce the physical stress, was evaluated in a further step.
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With proper movement to health – part 2 (Pravilnim kretanjem do zdravlja – nastavak)
Croatia
Good results of the project “Good health through correct movement” (Pravilnim kretanjem do zdravlja) that was launched in 2014, triggered the new sequel as the second phase named “With proper movements to health” (part 2). The initiator of the project is a supermarket chain Lidl Hrvatska and both project’s phases were carried out by experts from the Faculty of Kinesiology - University of Zagreb.
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