TRAIN4HCWORK at a Summer University on Ergonomics
7-9 July 2021 | online
Pedro Ferreira presented the project at the 34th Summer University on Ergonomics.
Project has been successfully concluded and the online course is now available to all
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 Sanchis, Raquel 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. Just follow the links below.
20th May 2021
11:00 – 12:00 (CET)
“Human-centred design is the solution to develop effective, efficient and productive work environments”
The characteristics of the spaces and workstations affect the development of the work in a very relevant way, from the point of view of the safety and health of the workers and also in relation to the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity in the tasks.
Human-centred work environments consider their characteristics and needs in the design and implementation to ensure the proper performance of tasks.
Under this approach, following the methodology of human-centered design and applying it to the development of work environments, within the framework of the “Train4HCwork” project an online course has been developed that includes the disciplines and key aspects to consider for the development of human-centered industrial environments.
- Professionals related to the design and implementation of work environments.
- Responsible for planning, processes, job design, production department personnel or industry organization.
- Designers of machinery or work equipment.
- Personnel responsible for health and safety, human resources personnel. • Students from nearby areas of knowledge.
Present IBV as a reference center in ergonomics and human factors. • Introduce the human-centered design approach and how to translate it into the design and implementation of industrial / work environments. • Present the new Train4HCwork course.
Online 100%. The participants will connect through a videoconference system. The access codes will be provided once the registration is formalized.
- Presentation of the IBV and the Occupational Health Unit and introduction to human-centered design.
- Application of human-centered design to spaces and workstations
- Importance and necessity of the adaptation to the people of the work environments. The point of view of the ergonomists.
- Detailed explanation of the course developed within the framework of the Train4HCwork project.
- Mercedes Sanchis. Head of Innovation – Occupational Health and Safety at Instituto de Biomecánica.
- Raquel Marzo. Researcher at Instituto de Biomecánica. People’s Needs and Preferences Area.
- Alberto Ferreras. Researcher at Instituto de Biomecánica. People’s Needs and Preferences Area.
- Pedro Ferreira. Treasurer at FEES.
- José Francisco Serrano. Technician at Instituto de Biomecánica. Human Factors Area.
The participant must have a computer with an internet connection and a microphone. If possible, a webcam is recommended. The connection will be made via videoconference system. Access codes will be provided once registration has been formalized.
TRAIN4HCWORK at the H-WORKLOAD conference | 03 December 2020
The conference was initially planned to take place at the University of Granada, Spain but due to the pandemic limitations, was moved to an online format. Registration are available HERE.
TRAIN4HCWORK Multiplier event (online) | 24 June 2020, 13:00 (CET)
hosted by IAD /TU Darmstadt
Principles of User Centred design in a Product Development Process (in German)
Session1 (1 hour)
- Description of the Product Development Process (PDP)
- Definition of the term “context of use” according to DIN EN ISO 9241-210
- Usage context analysis
- Goals & Tasks
- Physical Environment
- Selected Methods for analysing the context of use
Session 2 (1 hour)
Analysis of the usage context on an example “bicycle”
For more information and registration please contact Jurij Wakula at iad.tu-Darmstadt
Success of the TRAIN4HCWORK pilot course
Trainees from 21 countries took part in the Online training course on design of human-centred workplaces
Human centred workplaces are a key essential part of the factories of the future due to important advantages. The COVID-19 pandemic obliged the corporate world to look for a new worker’s future but, in this field, research has never stopped.
The launch of the TRAIN4HCWORK aroused interest and the participation was outstanding.
“The assistance was above any expectations”, states Project Coordinator José Serrano, “And we covered all the target groups“.
There were 88 students enrolled in the course, from 21 different Countries. “We have Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal or Germany but also Russia, China, India, Costa Rica and the United States, among others. We didn’t know we could get so far”, follows Serrano.
77.5% of the trainees has completed successfully the course, with an almost perfect gender balance, 54% male and 46% female.
During the following months, the consortium will work on the analysis of feedback from the pilot course and the implementation of improvements. Finally, the course will be available in English, French, Spanish and German.
“After the emergency, TRAIN4HCWORK is more topical than ever”, states Giuseppe Caprara, Innovation Manager at IBV.
According to Sarah Tilley from Wunderman Thompson, “The pandemic has shown business leaders and their employees that the old way of working is not fit for the future we now face. (…) As countries begin to relax restrictions and economies restart, workers will look to a brighter, more employee-focused future.”
TRAIN4HCWORK sets the tone: 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.
TRAIN4HCWORK is also preparing two multiplier events, that will be organised by the project partner Technische Universitat Darmstadt and by the coordinator IBV, at the end of the project, scheduled for March 2021.
TRAIN4HCWORK launches the pilot course
The English version of the TRAIN4HCWORK online course will be piloted between March and May. We are looking for participants from the following professional groups:
- 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)
! SIGN UP FOR THE TRAIN4HCWORK PILOT COURSE FOR FREE !
To apply, all you need to do is (before 15 March):
- Create your profile at IBV CAMPUS VIRTUAL
- Confirm your interest in joining the TRAIN4HCWORK pilot course by emailing Raquel Portilla (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following details:
- First and last name
- Email contact
- Country of residence
- Also please place “TRAIN4HCWORK COURSE – IBV” on the subject of your message
TRAIN4HCWORK meeting in Grenoble
On 29 January 2020, the T4W team met in Grenoble for the review and planning of up coming project work. Nicolas Vuillerme and Romain Balaguer from the partner Universite Grenoble Alpes (UGA) were the hosts.
The contents of the course are nearly concluded and a pilot exercise will be launched in March. The pilot course will be in English and it will also include audio and video slots and it will be hosted at IBV educational platform (Campus IBV).
TRAIN4HCWORK is also preparing the first multiplier event, that will be organized by the project partner Technische Universitat Darmstadt, represented in the meeting by Jurij Wakula. Pedro Ferreira from Federation of European Ergonomics Societies (FEES) and Hugo Merelo from Structo engineering complete the attending team to the Grenoble meeting.
TRAIN4HCWORK meeting in Darmstad
On 25 September 2019, the T4W team met in Darmstad for the review and planning of up coming project work. New developments will come soon, as we progress towards the development of course contents.
First results of the Train4HCWork project
After the first six months of work, consortium has already developed the course structure, the online learning methodology and even a proposal of contents organized in different modules and sessions. These outcomes have been obtained with the participation of people from the target groups to ensure the course will respond to their formative needs.
In order to know the training requirements of professionals around Europe, IBV, IAD and UAG firstly organized five focus groups (with a total of 34 participants) and lastly, together with FEES and Structo, realized an open-source online survey in five different languages (English, Spanish, French, Dutch and Serbian). More than one hundred answers from different countries were achieved.
Finally, FEES carried out the analysis of information obtained on the online survey (including SWOT analysis, priorization of requirements, differences among potential end-users), to obtain the final training requirements for the online course to be developed in the project. With that information, IBV, IAD and UGA established the recognition framework and defined the Curriculum of the course.
Online TRAIN4WORK questionnaire
The project TRAIN4WORK launched an online questionnaire on 13 February 2019 to identify training requirements, define learning objectives and course structure of a new learning material.
The questionnaire aims to gather data to support the development of the online training course which targets all those who are involved in the design (or re-development) of work systems but are not ergonomics and human factors specialists.
The questionnaire can be accessed in four different languages
- French: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/FR_TRAIN4HCWORK
- German: https://de.surveymonkey.com/r/GER_TRAIN4HCWORK
- Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/ESP_TRAIN4HCWORK
- English: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/ENGL_TRAIN4WORK
- Serbian: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/TRAIN4HCWORK_SERB
The questionnaire will be open until April 30 2019.
The TRAIN4WORK is an initiative of the Federation of European Ergonomics Societies under the umbrella of Erasmus+, to create a freely accessible online ergonomics training material.