Since the end of the 1980s I have been conducting research and development projects in Ergonomics, with the focus on minimising the risk of injury at work. As an engineer I have developed tools, methods and systems in close cooperation with users and companies with participatory methodologies. The projects have been carried out with both an individual perspective (safety, health, usability, etc.) and a systems perspective (productivity, quality, economy etc.). The fields of application were primarily within the construction industry during the first years, but thereafter other industries. As an engineer as well as researcher I have had and have an interest in product development with a focus on ergonomics. As a researcher, my focus lies on developing models and methods that can be used to evaluate, compare and chose solutions which are favourable from the two perspectives mentioned above. There models and methods concern the following: i) modelling of physical reactions such as the correlation between physical load, time aspects as for example recovery needs, risk of injury and in the extension productivity aspects; ii) risk evaluation and risk management methods used for the identification and assessment of injury risks and for a systematic risk management; and iii) work environment and economy models which, besides risk assessment and risk management, also consider the work environment's economic consequences on a business level. Models and tools are important to systematically work towards ergonomic improvements that are beneficial for individuals, companies and ultimately also the society. I also have a strong interest in education and pedagogics.
Ergonomics in Challenge Driven Product Development (CH2008), examiner, course responsible, teacher | Course web
RAMP Course 1: Assessment of Work-Related Injury Risks using RAMP I (CH209V), examiner, course responsible | Course web
RAMP Course 2: Management of Work-Related Injury Risks using RAMP II (CH210V), examiner, course responsible | Course web
RAMP Course 3: Proficiency in using RAMP for Risk Management of Work-Related Injuries (CH211V), examiner, course responsible | Course web