PD Dr. Matthias Jäger

Jäger Principle Investigator

Biomechanical Ergonomics

Phone: +49 / 231 1084 0
Email: mjaeger@Ifado.de

Curriculum Vitae:

  • 2015-2020 head of the research field ”Designing Work“ at the IfADo
  • 2004-2020 head of the research group ”Biomechanical Ergonomics“ (formerly ”Biodynamics” and ”Biomechanics“) at the IfADo
  • 2001 habilitation (venia legendi for Ergonomics), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Dortmund
  • 1995 initiation of the research group "DOLLY" (Dortmund Lumbar Load Study)
  • 1986 doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Dortmund
  • since 1981 research associate at the IfADo, Department of Ergonomics
  • 1980 diploma degree (Electrical Engineering), Institute of High and Highest Frequencies, Ruhr-University of Bochum

Research topics:

  • Biomechanical Ergonomics
  • Load on the musculoskeletal systems during occupational work
  • Ergonomic design of workplace and workflow
  • "Methods according to the Dortmund Approach" (Determination of the short and long-term load and load-bearing capacity at physical exposures)
  • "The Dortmunder" (spatial dynamic biomechanical model to quantify lumbar load for single actions)

  • "The Revised Dortmund Recommendations" (recommended maximum load for single actions)

  • "The Mainz-Dortmund Dose Model – MDD” (standard method for assessing the exposure prerequisites in workers' compensation occupational-disease procedures)

  • "The Dortmund Lumbar Load Study – DOLLY" (shift-monitoring of lumbar load)

  • " The Dortmund Lumbar Load Study 2 – DOLLY 2" (typical-task register of lumbar load)

  • " The Dortmund Lumbar Load Study 3 – DOLLY 3" (lumbar load at manual patient handling in the care sector)

  • " Multi-level risk assessment of physical workload MEGAPHYS" (effect especially on the spine)

  • Standardization:
  • CEN 1005: Safety of machinery – Human physical performance (parts 1-5:Definitions; Lifting; Force limits; Postures and movements; Repetitive handling)

  • ISO 11226: Ergonomics – Working postures

  • ISO 11228: Ergonomics – Manual handling (parts 1-3: Lifting and carrying; Pushing and pulling; High-frequency handling)

  • ISO/TR 12296: Manual handling of people in the care sector

  • ISO/TR 12295: Evaluation of physical exposures

  • ISO/T2 20646: Optimization of musculoskeletal workload

  • Guidelines:
  • WHO: Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders

  • AWMF/DGAUM/GfA: The load on the back through manual materials handling and constrained postures; Surface electromyography; Application of exoskeletons for prevention

  • Committees
  • Executive Director, Society of work science, Dortmund, Germany, until 2021

  • ISO, CEN and DIN standardization committees

  • International Panel on Patient Handling Ergonomics – IPPHE

  • Load on the musculoskeletal system – German Social Accident Insurance

  • Editorships
  • Editor-in-Chief – J occup med (Zentralblatt für Arbeitsmedizin, Arbeitsschutz und Ergonomie), SpringerMedizin, Heidelberg

  • Editor – J work science (Zeitschrift für Arbeitswissenschaft), Springer, Heidelberg

  • Editor-in-Chief – GfA-Press, Dortmund, until 2021

  • 1 Special Issue – Int. J. Industrial Ergonomics – Push and Pull

  • 2 Special Issues – J occup med (Zbl Arbmed) – The German Spine Study EPILIFT

  • 2 Special Issues – J occup med (Zbl Arbmed) – The EPILIFT EXposure Criteria Study

  • Notables
  • NIOSH r2p Award, Joseph-Rutenfranz Medal, Julius-Springer Award, Liberty Mutual Award, SAE Recognition Award, Lederle Award

  • Best Papers: Publications in Ergonomics, Int. J. Industrial Ergonomics, Zbl ArbMed

  • 4 internat. Keynote Lectures

  • Image campaign "Germany – Land of Ideas"

Key publications:

  • Schiefer C, Griemsmann S, Hermanns I, Derakshani M, Göbel F, Jäger M, Koch U Ditchen D, Ellegast R: Effects of alternative transport aids on physical load during patient transport in ambulance services. Z ArbWiss 76 (2022) 118–128
  • Jäger M, Jordan C: Hazard assessment regarding the musculoskeletal systems—enhancing and evaluating methods and tools for analysing the risks of physical exposures in terms of the biomechanical impacts on the musculoskeletal systems and, in particular, the spine (part C). In: MEGAPHYS—multilevel hazard analysis of physical exposures at work, vol 2. Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung DGUV (Hrsg). Berlin, Germany, 2020
  • Steinhilber B, Luger T, Schwenkreis P, Middeldorf S, Bork H, Mann B, von Glinski A, Schildhauer T, Weiler S, Schmauder M, Heinrich K, Winter G, Schnalke G, Frener P, Schick R, Wischniewski S, Jäger M: The use of exoskeletons in the occupational context for primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of work-related musculoskeletal complaints. IISE Trans Occup Ergon Hum Factors 8 (2020) 132-144
  • Backhaus C, Homann H, Jäger M: Manual repositioning of persons with reduced mobility aboard aircraft. Zbl. Arbeitsmed 70 (2020) 164-172
  • Fox RR, Lu Min, Occhipinti E, Jaeger M: Understanding Outcome Metrics of the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation. Appl Ergon 81 (2019) doi: 102897/
  • Jäger M: Extended compilation of autopsy-material measurements on lumbar ultimate compressive strength for deriving reference values in ergonomic work design: the Revised Dortmund Recommendations. EXCLI J 17 (2018) 362-385
  • Bergmann A, Bolm-Audorf U, Ditchen D, Ellegast R, Grifka J, Haerting J, Hofmann F, Jäger M, Linhardt O, Luttmann A, Meisel HJ, Michaelis M, Petereit-Haack G, Schumann B, Seidler A: Do Occupational Risks for Low Back Pain Differ from Risks for Specific Lumbar Disc Diseases? Spine 42 (2017) E1204-E1211
  • Hignett S, Fray M, Battevi N, Occhipinti E, Menoni O, Tamminen-Peter L, Waaijer E, Knibbe H, Jäger M: International consensus on manual handling of people in the healthcare sector: Technical report ISO/TR 12296. Int J Industr Ergon 44: 191-195 (2014)
  • Jäger M, Jordan C, Voß J, Bergmann A, Bolm-Audorff U, Ditchen D, Ellegast R, Haerting J, Haufe E, Kuß O, Morfeld P, Schäfer K, Seidler A, Luttmann A: Extended evaluation of the German Spine Study–Background and methodology of the EPILIFT Exposure Criteria Study. Zbl Arbeitsmed 64: 151-168 (2014)
  • Jäger M, Jordan C, Theilmeier A, Wortmann N, Kuhn S, Nienhaus A, Luttmann A: Lumbar-load analysis of manual patient-handling activities for biomechanical overload prevention among healthcare workers. Ann Occup Hyg 57: 528-544 (2013)
  • Steinhilber B, Anders C, Jäger M, Läubli T, Luttmann A, Rieger MA, Scholle H-C, Schumann N-P, Seibt R, Strasser H, Kluth K: Surface electromyography in occupational health, occupational physiology and ergonomics. Z Arbeitswiss 67: 113-126 (2013)
  • Seidler A, Euler U, Bolm-Audorff U, Ellegast R, Grifka J, Haerting J, Jäger M, Michaelis M, Kuss O: Physical workload and accelerated occurrence of lumbar spine diseases: risk and rate advancement periods in a German multicenter case-control study. Scand J Work Environ Health 37: 30-36 (2011)
  • Schumann B, Bolm-Audorff U, Bergmann A, Ellegast R, Elsner G, Grifka J, Haerting J, Jäger M, Michaelis M, Seidler A: Lifestyle factors and lumbar disc disease: results of a German multi-center case-control study (EPILIFT). Arthritis Res Ther 12: R193 (2010)
  • (see also German page)
  • more than 500 scientific papers in total
    more than 100 in peer-reviewed journals
    more than 25 monographs