Prevention of Work: Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Using Smart Workwear – The Smart Workwear Consortium
Adverse work-related physical exposures such as repetitive movements and awkward postures have negative health effects and lead to large financial costs. To address these problems, a multi-disciplinary consortium was formed with the aim of developing an ambulatory system for recording and analyzing risks for musculoskeletal disorders utilizing textile integrated sensors as part of the regular workwear. This paper presents the consortium, the Smart Workwear System, and a case study illustrating its potential to decrease adverse biomechanical exposure by promoting improved work technique.
KeywordsErgonomics Human factors Human-Systems integration Work technique Smart textiles Musculoskeletal disorders Prevention
The Smart Workwear Consortium is funded by Vinnova, the Swedish Innovation Agency, under the call Challenge Driven Innovation (Vinnova/UDI 2016-03782), and by the participating organizations. The Smart Workwear Consortium partners are Hultafors Group; Avonova; Feelgood; Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre; Karolinska Institutet; KTH Royal Institute of Technology; Scania CV; Swerea IVF; University of Borås; University of Gävle; University of Skövde; Volvo Trucks and Volvo Cars.
- 1.European Commission: Statistics in Focus. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg (LU) (2009) (Eurostat publication ISSN 1977-0316)Google Scholar
- 2.National Research Council: Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace: Low Back and Upper Extremities. National Academy Press, Washington (DC) (2001)Google Scholar
- 3.Lind, C.M.: Assessment and Design of Industrial Manual Mandling to Reduce Physical Ergonomics Hazards – Use and Development of Assessment Tools [dissertation]. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (SE) (2017)Google Scholar
- 6.Eklund, J., Yeow, P.: Integrating ergonomics and quality concepts. In: Wilson, J.R., Sharples, S. (eds.) Evaluation of Human Work, 4th edn, pp. 931–956. CRC Press, Boca Raton (2015)Google Scholar
- 10.Takala, E.P., Pehkonen, I., Forsman, M., Hansson, G.A., Mathiassen, S.E., Neumann, W.P., Sjogaard, G., Veiersted, K.B., Westgaard, R.H., Winkel, J.: Systematic evaluation of observational methods assessing biomechanical exposures at work. Scand. J. Work Environ. Health 36(1), 3–24 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- 11.Arvidsson, I., Dahlqvist, C., Enquist, H., Nordander, C.: Action Levels for Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. Report nr 18/2017, Arbets- och miljömedicin Syd, Lund (SE) (2017). (in Swedish)Google Scholar
- 12.Mahdavian, N., Lind, C.M., Antonio Diaz Olivares, J., Iriondo Pascual, A., Högberg, D., Brolin, E., Yang, L., Forsman, M., Hanson, L.: Effect of giving feedback on postural working techniques. In: 16th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Skövde (SE) (2018)Google Scholar