Tackling barriers to the inclusion of disabled people in the european workplace through ergonomics

Louise Moody, Janet Saunders, Natasa Rebernik, Marjan Leber, Andreja Čurin, Marzena Wójcik-Augustyniak, Marek Szajczyk

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Abstract

The ERGO WORK project is a collaboration of academic and business partners in six European countries. The project is focused on understanding barriers to workplace inclusion, and tackling these barriers through education in ergonomics and universal design and collaboration between academia and business. An exploratory study suggested that workplaces could be further improved in the partner countries to meet the needs of disabled people and there was considerable scope for training within companies to raise awareness about employees’ needs, employers’ obligations and workplace adaptation. The findings led to the development of new Ergonomics curriculum content in Slovenia and Poland that was implemented in two partner universities. The curriculum was then tested through a series of industrybased projects. The projects formed collaborations between business, employees with disabilities, students and academics and involved adapting the workplace, job design and products to specific employee needs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors, Business Management, Training and Education
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Human Factors, Business Management and Society
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages841-849
Number of pages9
Volume498
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-42070-7
ISBN (Print)9783319420691
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors, Business Management and Society, AHFE 2016 - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 27 Jul 201631 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume498
ISSN (Print)21945357

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors, Business Management and Society, AHFE 2016
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period27/07/1631/07/16

Keywords

  • Disability
  • Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics education
  • Inclusive design
  • Workplace design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Moody, L., Saunders, J., Rebernik, N., Leber, M., Čurin, A., Wójcik-Augustyniak, M., & Szajczyk, M. (2017). Tackling barriers to the inclusion of disabled people in the european workplace through ergonomics. In Advances in Human Factors, Business Management, Training and Education: Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Human Factors, Business Management and Society (Vol. 498, pp. 841-849). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 498). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42070-7_78