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TRAIN4HCWORK is the solution for human-centred workplaces

The characteristics of the spaces and workstations affect the development of the work in a very relevant way, on the one hand from the point of view of the safety and health of the workers, but also in relation to the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity in the tasks.

Under this approach, the TRAIN4HCWORK course is now available online, and that brings together the disciplines and key aspects needed to consider the development of human-centred workplaces across a variety of industrial environments.

 The course was presented during the last online project multiplier event (20 May 2021), which had two sessions, one in Spanish and the other in English. Project partners were represented by Hugo Merelo (STRUCTO), José Serrano (IBV) Jurij Vakula (TAD Darmstadt), Nicolas Vuillerme (UGA Grenoble), Pedro Ferreira (FEES). Mercedes SanchisRaquel Marzo and Alberto Ferreras from IBV also participated and provided additional background on project development and similar ongoing work around the topic of workplaces and human-centred design.

“Human-centered work environments consider the characteristics and needs of people in their design and implementation to ensure the proper performance of tasks in all facets”, affirms project Director José Serrano from IBV.

The multiplier event was successful, with more than 350 people inscribed from 12 different countries. “The participation was outstanding and it shows that TRAIN4HCWORK will help in the design and managent of human-centered workplaces in the near future”, states Giuseppe Caprara, Innovation Manager at IBV.

The project has ended on May, and the final meeting also took place online. “This consortium is strong and skillful and it opens the way for further collaborations” continues Serrano.

The course is now available in English, French, German and Spanish.

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Project scope and objectives

Human centred manufacturing is one of the research and innovation priorities of the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA). The workplaces of the future will give much more importance to human knowledge, skills and cultural background, in particular through life-long learning and training.

Human-centred workplaces not only remain essential in the pursuit of reduced occupational and work-related diseases and injuries, and absenteeism, but they will also become increasingly critical to ensure the flexibility, agility, and competitiveness that will be imposed on future manufacturing operations.

The continuous intensification of interactions between technology and human operators raises complex safety and efficiency problems that, to a great extent remain unsuitably addressed. This is partly due to their highly context specific characteristics, which challenge many standard and well-established approaches. In this context, the cooperation between ergonomics practice and expertise, and all other relevant inputs to the design of work systems becomes increasingly critical.

TRAIN4HCWORK will develop, implement and set the basis for a European dissemination of a new online course focused on the design of human-centred workplaces that will contribute to address such challenges.

Human centered workplaces are a key essential part of the factories of the future due to important advantages:

  • Increase flexibility
  • Increase agility
  • Increase competitiveness
  • Reduce occupational and work-related diseases
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Reduce sick level caused by injuries

Key actions required

  • Automated and continuous adaptation of work environment to workers
  • Integrate Health and Safety at work issues with production issues
  • Train professionals in the design of workplaces, processes and machinery

The main objective of TRAIN4HCWORK

  • Development and implementation of a new online course (in English, Spanish, German and French)
  • To strengthen the knowledge and skills of targeted professionals in the design of human-centred workplaces.

The target groups of TRAIN4HCWORK

  • Engineers responsible for workplaces, process and production design
  • Engineers responsible for machinery, working equipment and tools design
  • Health and safety managers
  • Consultants who provide services related to these issues to industry
  • Human resources professionals (recruitment and job assignment of workers).


Project supported by the European Union
Contract Number: 2018-1-ES01-KA203-050887