Matthias Jäger receives NIOSH Bullard-Sherwood Research-to-Practice Award
Many people know that heavy objects such as crates of drinks should be lifted close to the body „from the legs“ and if possible not „from the back“. Especially in occupations that involve a lot of repetitive lifting and carrying, correct posture is particularly important to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. In this context, Matthias Jäger from the Leibniz Institute for Occupational Research at TU Dortmund University (IfADo) and seven international colleagues have revised an international standard and interpreted the load limits that can be derived from it with regard to the risk of disease. For updating this standard, they received the NIOSH Bullard-Sherwood Research-to-Practice Award.
About NIOSH, Bullard and Sherwood
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati (OH, USA) awards the „Research to Practice“ prizes to recognise outstanding efforts by its scientists and their partners. Their research focuses on occupational safety and health with the goal of preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and even fatalities. The name of the award was chosen in honour of two outstanding individuals who have significantly promoted prevention in the workplace: Edward W. Bullard designed various protective helmets, especially those for the construction workers of the Golden Gate Bridge, while R. Jeremy Sherwood invented and (further) developed sampling pumps for breathing air samples as well as respirators in the field of industrial hygiene.