Designing Work

This research topic integrates the previous lines of visual and biomechanical lines of research in order to form a concise ergonomic concept

Visual Ergonomics

Visual tasks are ubiquitous in occupational and private activities. The classical desk top computer workstation is supplemented today by different forms of work with tablet computers and 3D-displays.

In times of demographic change, we investigate presbyopic employees who are prone to visual and musculoskeletal strain. The frequently used progressive lenses are the focus of our current laboratory research.

Concerning optimal eye glasses for computer work, we had made laboratory and field studies and found practically relevant results from an integration of ergonomics and optometry.
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Biomechanical Ergonomics

Occupational activities relatively often lead to complaints and even diseases of the musculoskeletal systems and, thereby, to a high rate of absenteeism. Risky activities are preferably found at office work as well when handling heavy objects or–in case of manual patient handling–in care.

The aim is a physiologically appropriate organization of work and prevention in order to reduce overload risk.

In addition to fundamental research, a strong practical focus with high socio-political relevance has been evolved. Results, findings and recommendations are continuously demanded in political consulting.
Biomechanical Ergonomics