TIAM - Toolkits for harzard identification, risk assessment and prevention

The TIAM project aimed to develop a tookit to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). The toolkit should contain guidelines, information on processes, checklists and templates for the purpose of hazard identification and risk assessment of WMSDs and injuries.

Main objectives

  • To collate existing tools and methods, succesful experiences, innovations and good practices of ergonomic interventions
  • To improve tools and methods, guidelines, checklists and templates for hazard identification and risk assessment by adapting and applying them to new applications 
  • To develop toolkits based on a collaborative platform for hazard identification and risk assessment for WMSDs and injury prevention
  • To disseminate improved toolkits through a special website in order to promote best practices in WMSDs and injury prevention
  • To produce a report with recommendations for local and regional authorities on how to stimulate good practices in WMSDs prevention

Activity

A WMDS toolkit should be developed with - besides tools and methods - guidelines, an overview of processes, checklists and templates for the purpose of hazard identification and risk assesment of WMSDs and injuries. Combined with the toolkit guidelines, the use of templates should ensure that a procedure is complete and that key activities in the process are completed correctly. Good practices and succesful experiences and innovations in WMSDs prevention should be collated and uploaded onto a website for sharing knowledge and promoting good practices in WMSDs prevention.

Leadparticipant

  • Technical University of Catalonia (CERPIE) – Catalonia (ES)

Participants 

  • Foundation IRCCS “Major Hospital” Policlinico Mangiagalli Regina Elena – Lombardy (I)
  • University of West Bohemia (New technologies – Research Centre) – South West Bohemia (CZ)
  • Technology Center PERG – Upper Austria (A)
  • University of Tallinn (Department of Work Environment and Safety/ Institute of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics/Laboratory of Ergonomics) – Tartu (EST)

Results

Four software tools have been developed for assessing the risk related to upper extremity during repetitive movements and low back pain when manual handling loads.  Described tools were distributed in several SMEs to increase awareness of new ergonomic methods and risk of WMSDs in general. Instructing measurements were performed at selected workplaces within the project regions.