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ErgoKita: an example of an ergonomic intervention in the education sector

Type
Case study
Country
Germany
Languages
English
Provider
EU OSHA

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Description

Description: 

This case study examines the ErgoKita project, which studied risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in nursery-school teachers and the effects of an intervention. It started with physiological work measurement, covering awkward postures such as sitting and lifting, and included provision of ergonomic equipment.

ErgoKita: an example of an ergonomic intervention in the education sector

Detailed Information

Sector / Industry covered: 
EDUCATION
Pre-primary education
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Manual handling of loads
Psychosocial/stress hazards
Working with an existing MSD condition/disease
Health effects: 
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Lower limb disorders
Neck and shoulder disorders
MSDs unspecified
Worsening of existing (chronic) condition
Stress
Prevention measures: 
Elimination of hazards
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Simple tips and measures
Worker participation
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Reducing/minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed, job rotation
Adjustments following injury/sickness absence
Training/guidance (for workers)
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.): 
All (no specific group)
Women
Priority area: 
Chronic conditions
Future generations
Prevention
Psychosocial risks
Date of Publication / Year : 
2020