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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Napo in the Workplace – Understanding MSDs
Europe
The Napo website offers a collection of 14 different Napo videos dealing with prevention of MSDs.
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Musculoskeletal Disorders in Children and Young People
OSHWiki article
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Musculoskeletal Disorders in Teachers and Teaching Assistants
OSHWiki article
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Schools on the Move
Finland
Finnish Schools on the Move is a national action programme aiming to establish a physically active culture in Finnish comprehensive schools. Schools and municipalities participating in the programme implement their own individual plans to increase physical activity during the school day. More than 90% of municipalities and of comprehensive schools (2 116 schools) are involved in the programme.
Finnish Schools on the Move programme started with a pilot phase (2010-2012). In years 2015-2018 the programme was one of the key projects in the field of knowledge and education in the Government Programme of Finland. The programme is carried out by the Finnish National Agency of Education and the Ministry of Education and Culture. The programme is financed with lottery funding and coordinated by the LIKES Research Centre for Sport and Health Sciences.
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This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area



Canada
Lü produces state of the art audio visual systems designed for active environments. Lü systems include a projector, a movement detection camera and a light and sound module to create magical immersive spaces where kids learn better through physical activity.
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This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area


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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Joy in Motion
Finland
The Mobile Early Childhood Education Program is a nationwide mobility and well-being program developed in collaboration with an extensive network of experts and hundreds of pilot kindergartens. The goal of the program, announced in 2015, is to enable every child to enjoy movement as well as adequate daily physical activity.
The free nationwide program provides early childhood educators with tools to increase children's mobility and develop their own work based on the VASU2018 and early years' physical activity recommendations. The program provides concrete steps to create a physically active learning environment as well as an operating culture..
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Generation Pep
Sweden
Generation Pep is a non-profit organisation initiated by the Swedish Crown Princess Couple, with the vision that all children and young people in Sweden should have the ability and desire to live an active and healthy life. Therefore, Generation Pep works to spread knowledge and engage both people and organisations in a joint effort to make it easier for children and young people to live a healthy life.
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Capital4Health
Germany
Capital4Health aims to develop and research capabilities for active lifestyles among different population target groups and among professional target groups as well as the structural capacities located at the organizational and system level through an interactive knowledge-to-action approach.
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HeiaHeia
Finland
HeiaHeia is an App to promote physical activities at workplaces and schools. Users can connect with each other and build a community by tracking all activities and share them with the others.
HeiaHeia is a social motivator based on support from your likeminded friends and colleagues. Sharing accomplishments big and small and cheering for your friends makes wellbeing fun and social. It also brings a positive sense of accountability into sticking to your targets.
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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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Covid-19 and School Ergonomics
Italy
A fact sheet by INAIL, offering information for pupils and students on COVID-19 and ergonomics.
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Laptop Ergonomics
Spain
This short, wordless video (apart from the title in Spanish) provides basic advice and tips on improvising to make using a laptop at home more ergonomic, for example in the context of sudden home working enforced by Covid-19. It also provides tips for children. Also relevant to non-teleworkers who want to be more comfortable using their laptop in leisure time.
Laptop Ergonomics - Basic Tips - Adult or Child Laptop Use at Home, Work or School
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Schoolbag Safety
Germany
Schoolbag Safety – How can you support your child’s spine at school
Carrying schoolbags has a major impact on a child's back health. An inappropriately or incorrectly packed schoolbag may contribute to low back pain in children. This article provides schoolbag safety tips: how to properly set up and pack the schoolbag ways to support your child’s spines.
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Painpoint
Canada
This smartphone application (app) delivers a basic ergonomic assessment by stepping the user through a series of diagrams and questions to pinpoint musculoskeletal pain, identify possible sources, and discover practical solutions. The results are presented on a body map, with recommendations to address work-related MSD hazards that could be contributing to their discomfort.
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Federal Working Group for Posture and Exercise Promotion
Germany
The Federal Working Group for Posture and Exercise Promotion eV (BAG) is a non-profit association that was founded in 1961. Since then, the BAG has been dealing with movement in the context of development, health and education in a differentiated manner in theory and practice.
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Home working and staying healthy
UK
An interactive website with information about how to stay healthy when working at home.
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TRAIN4HCWORK
Germany
Human centred manufacturing is one of the research and innovation priorities of the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA). TRAIN4HCWORK will develop, implement and set the basis for a European dissemination of a new online course focused on the design of human-centred workplaces that will contribute to address such challenges.
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This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area


Awareness and Prevention of Back Pain and other Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Early Years Workforce
UK
Back pain and associated conditions are a common problem in childcare. 82% of UK early years and primary practitioners experience work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) — which include back, hip, shoulder and knee pain — at least once a week. Health and safety laws apply to work activities in registered childcare premises and schools. As an employer or duty holder*, you need to protect your workers from the risk of injury and ill health from MSDs. This guidance suggests ways you can do this. The guidance is aimed at employers and duty holders of the early years and childcare workforce. Employees, students, volunteers, trainers and the self-employed (such as childminders) who work with children 0-5 years, may find it useful.
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Activoppi - Pedagogical training packages for teachers
Finland
Activoppi training model promotes physical, mental and social well-being of pupils, sense of the community and inclusion, school satisfaction and enjoyability. Activoppi training model is made up of very clear, well thought-out and modelled parts that can be used in any country and in any school.
Activoppi training model contains workshops and service packages for the following contents:
active learning (exercises, material)
ways of breaking up periods of sedentary time and taking breaks for exercise
development of learning environments
mentoring and guidance for the school’s development activities (teachers, principals, educational administration)
promotion of the school’s physically active operating culture by developing the school rules, the operating culture and the structure of the school day
use of club activities, break-time peer activators and theme days to support the activities
The service packages include guidance, ready-to-use material, tip banks, etc. Educational and guidance support can be organised both in Finland and in the target country.
Activoppi is a proven, internationally acclaimed Finnish education model that was founded by group on experienced educational experts.
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A close shave
Belgium
Practical tools with regard to ergonomics and skin prevention were developed for hairdressers, such as a desk research with good practices from 17 countries, an instruction video, 2 manuals with background information for teachers (ergonomics and preventing skin complaints), visually supporting material, namelijk ‘take care of yourself’ sheets with some main concerns.
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Timetable for 30 minutes daily exercises for school children
Germany
A time table for 30 minutes of physical exercises per day for school children to keep them active and healthy. All execises are shown in YouTube videos that are linked in the time table.
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Bewegte Schule: Good Practice Guideline for Schools
Austria
Bewegte Schule Österreich (School on the Move Austria) provides a guideline for Good Practice to help schools prevent and fight MSDs for their students, to improve that and to motivate schools to do more and to share experiences.
The website says:
You dared to bring movement into your school and have incorporated aspects of the moving school into your concept? We would be happy if you could share your experiences with other colleagues. This guide should serve as an aid. Please send your report (Word document and photos) to us. The guidelines are available for download here: Guidelines for Good Practice Examples (Word document).
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Energizer & Co.
Switzerland
In cooperation with the Beltz Verlag, IQES has created online and IQES seminars, a set of 50 methods for active learning: The set of cards contains 50 Exercises, which are not inserted in the phase of the rhythm of instruction, or seminars, mobile and support, to attract the attention of the Participants.
Whether class room or seminar room - these exercises bring new life into learning situations, and help to attract the attention of the participants. Before, during and after a learning-intensive phases, the methods can be used to renew the concentration, to release tension, to allow smaller units of movement and cognitive breaks. In addition, you can find here are a lot of moving learning impulses, which will strengthen the team spirit and the relationships between the participants.
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Educational Landscapes in Motion
Austria
This project by Technical University Vienna, Faculty for Architecture and Room Design focuses on the daily life in schools, and how new forms of working and learning there have to change the way that rooms and furniture are designed, too.
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Healthy and cheerful with a fresh pinch of exercise per day - despite Corona!
Germany
A program for physical exercises for school children to keep them active and healthy.
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Ergonomics at school. The school of ergonomics.
Italy
School plays a vital role in the formation and preparation of the child in all areas of life, including education in the prevention of diseases.
The book "Ergonomics at school - The School of ergonomics" (in Italian: “Ergonomia a scuola. A scuola di ergonomia”) focuses on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and diseases (in a simple language), on effective, basic concepts of ergonomics, load handling and correct posture. The book is part of an educational program on ergonomics in school, with the goal of providing teachers in primary schools simple and engaging teaching tools, by leveraging the creativity of children, to raise awareness among pupils on the problems derived from poor posture and risky behaviors for health.
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Fitness and wellness for hairdressers
Italy
Working well means feeling well - easy exercices for a daily wellbeing
Target audience: Davines intuitional fitness videos are made for the clients within the Davines community.
Content: It contains simple but effective stretching exercises for hairdresser to use after their daily work. Aim is to improve their lifestyle and keep them reminding their working posture as well as for a longevity of their professional and personal life. Each session explains how the exercise can be performed and practiced.
Session one: breathing exercises to loosen up which can be done at the beginning or end of the working day.
Session two: to prevent injuries to tendons, muscles and bones which can be done during the work session.
Session three: to relax and improve your wellbeing at the end of the work day.
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Nursery with innovative link between ergonomics and pedagogy
Norway
Nidaros kindergartens in Trondheim working on a completely new way. Child care centers are added to the right so that the children can make the most even. The adults working as tutors. This innovative combination of ergonomics and pedagogy has resulted in fewer musculoskeletal problems and more self-reliant children.
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Online Course – Ergonomics in the Hairdressing Salon
Germany
This online course deals with the topics "ergonomic furnishing" and "ergonomic working". In the section "ergonomic furnishing" the participants learn what must be considered when designing and furnishing a salon.
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Exercise course for school children
Germany
A program for physical exercises for school children to keep them active and healthy.
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Starting conversations about musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace
Europe
‘Conversation starters for workplace discussions about musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)’ is a great new resource. It can be used to facilitate group discussions in the workplace or during training. The tool contains guidance for managers and employees on communicating about MSDs. The conversation starters cover different scenarios, including tackling MSDs in a range of different jobs; telling an employer about a diagnosis of a musculoskeletal disease; speaking to a worker who may be suffering from back pain and tackling MSDs in a workplace where tasks are highly differentiated by gender.
Good communication between workers and managers about MSDs is essential to preventing and managing them properly. This practical resource makes clear the benefits of having honest and constructive conversations as soon as a problem arises.
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The healthy hairdresser campaign
The Netherlands
The "Arbocatalogus" provides practical information on how to achieve the desired level of healthy and safe working in hairdressing salons. This concerns physical stress, allergenic effects and psychosocial stress. For example, the catalogue states when gloves must be worn at work, that hairdressers stools with saddle seat must be available, pump chairs, or what can be done about bullying and discrimination, etc.
Target audience: For dissemination of the Arbocatalogus, the Healthy Hairdresser campaign has been launched and focusses on the following target groups: Employers, Employees, Students Training (students/teachers), Self-employed entrepreneurs without employees and suppliers.
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Understand to act better by limiting arm movements and elevation during a cut
France
The PIBYRP technique is a simple and ergonomic cutting technique for preventing MSD. The PIBYRP technique is labeled by OMC (Organisation Mondiale de la Coiffure) and is a simple and quick cutting technique developed by Raphael Perrier.
Content: Specific techniques for large separations reduce the working time and limit movements of the superior body parts. The reverted cutting technique limits the elevation of the shoulders. By using this techniques, hairdressers can cut quickly and in a comfortable position.
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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


Students on the Move
Finland
As a part of the key project the Schools on the Move Programme was expanded to upper secondary education in 2017.
The goal of the Mobile Learning program is to increase mobility and the ability to study at secondary level and in higher education. Study ability is a student's ability to work, which is related to the course of studies, well-being and future ability to work. Increasing mobility can promote a student’s health and ability to learn, but also learning conditions such as attentiveness and memory. In addition, working together increases attachment to studies and community.
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PLANNING LEARNING SPACES
UK
A project for better design of learning environments to make schools ha healthier place, prevent MSDs and let ergonomics be a part of design. Website, magazine, events, and more.
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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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Socially Distant TPR Action Flashcards
Spain
TPR stands for Total Physical Response. It's a way of helping students learn a language through physical actions.
These actions can be done in small environments, either at home or in class. That makes them useful for teachers teaching online or in socially distant classrooms.
The spaces we teach and learn in are evolving and many of us are now doing the profession from home or wanting to find out how to teach for the very first time. We have put together our How to Teach English Online for those who are looking for guidance when it comes to teaching English online.
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PHE Canada
Canada
Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) champions healthy, active kids by promoting and advancing quality physical and health education opportunities and healthy learning environments. Supporting community champions with quality programs, professional development services, and community activation initiatives, PHE Canada inspires all to live healthy, physically active lives.
The website offers tools, guides, resources, and more.
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National PE Standard
USA
SHAPE America's National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective physical education program. States and local school districts across the country use the National Standards to develop or revise existing standards, frameworks and curricula.
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Health and Physical Education
Australia
At the core of Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively. As a foundation for lifelong physical activity participation and enhanced performance, students acquire an understanding of how the body moves and develop positive attitudes towards physical activity participation. They develop an appreciation of the significance of physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport in Australian society and globally.
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COVID-19 Pandemic: Return to School Canadian Physical and Health Education GUIDELINES
Canada
The COVID-19 pandemic has seminally changed the way that education systems within Canada function. Now, with schools moving to re-open, we know that it will not simply be a return to learning as it was. According to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, “the school day will look very different and measures to balance risk of infection with risk of continued confinement will need to be evaluated continually”.
The intent of this document highlights Physical and Health Education’s (PHE) core subject matter, health and well-being, as a critical learning opportunity for Canada’s young people as they heal, re-socialize, and adapt in this new learning environment.
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Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Construction Sector
Italy
This discussion paper looks at the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the construction sector in the EU and in Italy in particular and at the tasks that put workers at risk, such as manual lifting and awkward postures.
The paper focuses on vibrations as a significant risk factor, with workers who operate tools and machinery exposed to hand-arm vibrations and whole-body vibrations.
Information is provided on standardised methods to assess risks related to biomechanical overload and the paper presents examples of projects funded INAIL, the Italian National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work, to help construction companies reduce MSD risks.
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MSD Practical Tools and Guidance
Europe
To make it easy for workplaces to assess and manage MSD risks, our easy-to-use database includes a variety of practical tools and guidance materials developed at EU and national levels.
The resources include case studies and visual materials, and they cover a wide range of sectors, hazard types and prevention measures. Some are specifically aimed at certain groups of stakeholders, for example employers, workers or managers, and some are designed to help in managing MSDs among specific groups of workers. The resources can be filtered by these groups and a variety of other categories, so it couldn’t be easier to find exactly what you are looking for.
Hundreds of tools and resources can be found in this database and be directly accessed.
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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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Prevention of health risks in the hairdressing sector – poster collective agreement/ Ergonomics
Belgium
As images are more powerful and easier to understand and to remember than words, the sector decided to visualise the abstract term 'ergonomics' in a playful and clear manner, this by developing a ‘3D floorplanner’.
The design of a hairdressing salon has a significant impact on human well-being and thus ergonomics. In addition to a good working posture, optimal environmental factors promote a safe and healthy working environment. How can we make the best possible use of available spaces and means to create a safe and healthy working environment?
The poster shows the available space that the hairdresser can use to welcome customers, to carry out services, to prepare products, to eat, to rest, to stock, etc.
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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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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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