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Mid-term meeting of TRAIN4HCWORK team in Darmstadt

25 September 2019


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 TRAIN4WORK:

  • 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 TRAIN4WORK

  • 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).

 

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