Findings’ transfer

STANDARDIZATION
Health and elderly care: The methods for assessing manual patient handling (ISO / TR 12296) – considering inter alia fundamental results of IfADo work for the prevention of biomechanical overload – were embedded in the European and German regulation (CEN ISO TR 12296; DIN SPEC 3320).
Physical-exposure evaluation – screening: Furthermore, a previously developed draft for evaluating static postures and various types of manual materials handling was finalized including substantial measurements and evaluation criteria derived by IfADo (ISO / TR 12295).
Pushing and pulling of trolleys: To enlarge the analysis scope, further biomechanical model calculations were performed, the results of which will be implemented at the forthcoming revision of the standard (ISO 11228-2).

OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES
OD 2108, the lower back: The derivation of epidemiologically substantiated criteria for evaluating lifetime physical exposures through postures and manual load handling within the German Spine Studies resulted in modifications of the recognition thresholds of the respective occupational disease.
OD 2109, neck, shoulder cervical spine: Furthermore, our proposal for modifying the assessment criteria with respect to neck-shoulder stress in the context of workers’ compensation procedures was accepted by the Ministery of Labour and Social Affairs.

GUIDELINES
Surface electromyography: Formerly developed guidelines of the German Society of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Medicine had been updated: For example, a guideline on the application of surface electromyography in occupational medicine, occupational physiology and ergonomics has been extensively revised, presented as a Sk2 guideline.
Back loading: Another recommendation refers to physical exposure, in particular on the back,  induced by object handling and postures; this was published as a S1 guideline.

PANELS and DUTIES
With respect to the topic of musculoskeletal load and load effects, we contribute to several international and national commissions and committees of ergonomics, work and safety and occupational medicine.
Further transfer potential is ensured via holding the following offices:
•    Editor-in-Chief – Journal of occupational medicine, work and safety and ergonomics (Zentralblatt f. Arbeitsmedizin, Arbeitsschutz und Ergonomie), SpringerMedizin, Heidelberg
•    Editor, Journal of work science (Zeitschrift f. Arbeitswissenschaft), Springer, Heidelberg
•    Executive manager of directoral board, Society of work science (GfA: Gesellschaft f. Arbeitswissenschaft e.V.), Dortmund
•    Editorship, GfA-Press, Dortmund