Adaptive Reminders for Safe Work

  • Matthias Hartwig
  • Philipp Scholl
  • Vanessa Budde
  • Armin Windel
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9072)


In working context, new information and communication systems like head-mounted displays are often established to increase productivity. However, new technology can also potentially assist users to increase their health and well-being by encouraging safe behaviour, as they offer rich potential for persuasive elements and are highly adaptive to the respective situation. A setup is presented that evaluates the persuasive effect of a head mounted display-based assistance system on safe behaviour during a task in a laboratory simulation. In a randomised experimental design, the results show that the persuasive assistance system led to a significant and substantial reduction of safety violations compared to a traditionally designed warning sign. The findings suggest to design reminders not only according to ergonomic aspects, but also to consider persuasive effects on behavior. Furthermore, the results highlight the opportunities of mobile devices for assisting healthy behaviour in working environments.


Head mounted display Occupational safety Laboratory safety Assistance system Persuasive technology Anthropomorphic agent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Hartwig
    • 1
  • Philipp Scholl
    • 2
  • Vanessa Budde
    • 1
  • Armin Windel
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and HealthDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Technical University DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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