Workplace Evaluation

Univ.-Prof. biol. hum. Hendrik Schmidt

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Diagnostic and intervention in everyday situations

At times of demographic change and shortage of skilled workers, the staff of a company is its most valuable resource. Maintaining the health of these employees therefore becoming increasingly important. In Germany, back and joint pain are the cause of about one in ten sick leave. Due to the high number of disability days ergonomics at the workplace is becoming increasingly important, with the aim to avoid back pain that can be caused by missing and forced postures, lifting and carrying heavy loads or continuously standing and sitting. Posture and movement analysis play an important role in the introduction and evaluation of ergonomic optimization. The instruments sporadically used until today for workplace survey are limited in their handling and their results. They allow for example, only short-term measurements under laboratory conditions. Further, the current recommendations for ergonomic alignment of the workplace are outdated and do not take into account the individual needs and differences in form and function of the spine of each employee.

The aim is to test our developed diagnostic methods and intervention programs under everyday conditions in the corporate world in various industries.


Application of a novel spinal posture and motion measurement system in active and static sitting.

Esther Pries, Marcel Dreischarf, Maxim Bashkuev, Hendrik Schmidt
Ergonomics 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/00140139.2015.1019938, 1.61 Impact Factor
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