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Nord Nilsson, Lena
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Rose, L. M., Eklund, J. & Nord Nilsson, L. (2019). RAMP – A comprehensive MSD risk management tool. In: 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018: . Paper presented at 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018, Florence, Italy, 26 August 2018 through 30 August 2018 (pp. 537-546). Springer, 820
Open this publication in new window or tab >>RAMP – A comprehensive MSD risk management tool
2019 (English)In: 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018, Springer, 2019, Vol. 820, p. 537-546Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The objective of this paper is to describe the development, dissemination and preliminary effects of the use of a new musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risk management tool for manual handling, RAMP (Risk Assessment and Management tool for manual handling Proactively). RAMP is research based and developed in close collaboration between researchers and practitioners with a participative iterative methodology. A broad strategy is used for the dissemination, including the use of professional networks, conferences, a specially developed homepage, and Massive Open Online Courses which also provide training on the tool use. The tool has been spread widely to about 45 countries since the release 2017. E.g. Scania CV uses RAMP as its global standard method for managing MSD risks at logistics and machining departments. Among the preliminary effects results show that at one department risk reduction measures had been taken for more than 2/3 of the work stations with assessments signalling elevated risk levels after 1.5 years. Further studies on RAMP are discussed. It is concluded that the development and the dissemination of RAMP can be seen as successful. Preliminary reports on the tool use effects indicate that the RAMP tool supports the MSD risk management process in the work to reduce MDS risks at workplaces.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2019
Series
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, ISSN 2194-5357 ; 820
Keywords
Manual handling, Observation method, Risk management
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-233653 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-96083-8_70 (DOI)2-s2.0-85051808831 (Scopus ID)9783319960821 (ISBN)
Conference
20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018, Florence, Italy, 26 August 2018 through 30 August 2018
Note

QC 20180828

Available from: 2018-08-28 Created: 2018-08-28 Last updated: 2018-08-28Bibliographically approved
Nord Nilsson, L. (2018). Occupational Health Services Professionals; skills, needs and experiences shared in a learning network: Co-operative inquiry performed in the manufacturing sector. (Licentiate dissertation). Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Occupational Health Services Professionals; skills, needs and experiences shared in a learning network: Co-operative inquiry performed in the manufacturing sector
2018 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Work environment conditions can influence individuals, organisations as well as society, and economic consequences can be extensive. The employer is responsible for the work environment,but must engage Occupational Health Services (OHS) or similar if the own competenceis not sufficient. Consequently, the professional skills of OHS providers is an important topic, as the services delivered are aimed at contributing to a good work environment. However, research in this area was scant and there was a call for illumination of what professional skills are needed within OHS. There was also a need to find arenas for knowledge development and sharing within and between occupational safety and health (OS&H) professionals and researchers.

One aim of this thesis was to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding about professional skills when it comes to OS&H engineers and ergonomists working within the manufacturing sector. A second aim was to gain experiences of using co-operative inquiry in a learning network for OS&H professionals in order to develop professional skills. The thesis is based on three papers, all with a qualitative research approach. The co-operative inquiry method was used to run a learning network for the research. This network consisted of ten OS&H professionals (engineers and ergonomists) employed at in-house as well as external providers of OHS for manufacturing companies, and two researchers. Everyone in the network acted as co-researchers in accordance with the intention of co-operative inquiry. The dialogues at the meetings were analysed with thematic analysis, using six socio-technical elements as themes.

The results showed that the OS&H engineers and ergonomists in the network wanted to work more preventively in the future. To achieve this, they expressed needs for both theoretically based arguments and communication skills to convince clients about the benefits with this approach. Research based knowledge, practical experience and good examples were shared and reflected on with the purpose of integrating the new knowledge into daily practice. The dialogues at the meetings dealt mainly with topics at an organisation level rather than details and individual level. The dialogues focused on e.g. co-operation in teams within the OHS firms and with different stakeholders at the client companies, integration of OS&H management into existing processes, participation from early stages in design and change processes, the use of risk assessment tools and, finally, communication skills.

The co-operative inquiry method was suitable, as the network functioned as an arena for reflective learning.

Abstract [sv]

Arbetsmiljöförhållanden kan påverka individer, organisationer såväl som samhälle och de ekonomiska konsekvenserna kan bli omfattande. Arbetsgivaren är ansvarig för arbetsmiljön men ska anlita företagshälsovård (FHV) eller motsvarande om den egna kompetensen inte är tillräcklig. Därför är yrkeskompetens förprofessionerna inom FHV ett viktigt ämne eftersom de tjänster som levereras syftar till att bidra till en bra arbetsmiljö. Det fanns dock inte mycket forskning inom detta områdeoch det fanns ett behov av att belysa vilken yrkeskompetens som behövs inomFHV. Det fanns också behov av att hitta arenor för kunskapsutveckling och kunskapsspridning inom och mellan professioner som arbetar med FHV samt forskare.

Ett syfte med denna avhandling var att få en djupare kunskap och förståelse om yrkeskompetens gällande arbetsmiljöingenjörer och ergonomer som arbetar med FHV inom tillverkningssektorn. Ett annat syfte var att få erfarenheter av att använda metoden co-operative inquiry i ett lärande nätverk för FHV-professioner för att utveckla yrkeskompetens. Avhandlingen är baserad på två konferensbidrag och en artikel, alla med kvalitativ inriktning. I forskningen användes metoden co-operative inquiry för att driva ett lärande nätverk. Detta nätverk bestod av sammanlagt tio arbetsmiljöingenjörer och ergonomer anställda inom intern och extern FHV för tillverkningsföretag samt två forskare. Alla i nätverket agerade som medforskare i enlighet med metoden co-operative inquiry. Dialogerna på nätverksmötena analyserades med hjälp av tematisk analys där sex socio-tekniska element användes som teman.

Resultaten visade att nätverkets arbetsmiljöingenjörer och ergonomer ville arbeta mer förebyggande i framtiden. För att uppnå detta uttryckte de behov av både teoretiskt baserade argument och kommunikationsförmåga för att övertyga kunderna om fördelarna med detta förhållningssätt. Forskningsbaserad kunskap, praktiska erfarenheter och goda exempel delades och reflekterades över med syfte att integrera den nya kunskapen i dagligt arbete. Innehållet i dialogerna på mötena gällde främst ämnenpå organisationsnivå snarare än detaljer och på individuell nivå. Dialogerna rörde t.ex. samarbete i team inom FHV-företagen och med olika intressenter hos kundföretag, integration av hantering av arbetsmiljöfrågor i befintliga processer, deltagande från tidiga stadier i design- och förändringsprocesser, användning av riskbedömningsverktyg och slutligen kommunikationsförmåga.

Metoden co-operative inquiry var ändamålsenlig i det här fallet eftersom nätverket fungerade som en arena för reflektivtlärande.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 70
Series
TRITA-CBH-FOU ; 2018:32
Keywords
Occupational Safety and Health, Work Environment, Ergonomics, Ergonomists, Occupational Safety and Health Engineers, Företagshälsovård, lärande nätverk, tillverkningsindustri, säkerhet och hälsa, arbetsmiljö, ergonomi, ergonom, arbetsmiljöingenjör
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-234294 (URN)978-91-7729-927-1 (ISBN)
Presentation
2018-09-28, T53, Hälsovägen 11C, Flemingsberg, 14:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Projects
WIKIOSH
Funder
AFA Insurance, 130197
Note

QC 20180907

Available from: 2018-09-07 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
Nord Nilsson, L. & Vänje, A. (2018). Occupational safety and health professionals’ skills – A call for system understanding?: Experiences from a co-operative inquiry within the manufacturing sector. Applied Ergonomics, 70, 279-287
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Occupational safety and health professionals’ skills – A call for system understanding?: Experiences from a co-operative inquiry within the manufacturing sector
2018 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 70, p. 279-287Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sector specific skills in occupational safety and health (OS&H) are crucial for being able to contribute to good work environment and decrease today's high levels of sick absences. Large manufacturing companies are due to tradition good at OS&H and can serve as an interesting context for investigating the knowledge level in the area today, and needs for the future. For this purpose a case study was performed in this sector as a co-operative inquiry, including 10 OS&H professionals (engineers and ergonomists) employed at in-house and external occupational health services (OHS). Professional experiences, good examples from practice and current research were shared jointly within the inquiry. The results show needs to work more preventively than today comprehending aspects as system understanding, integrated work teams, participation, a clear role in change projects plus skills in risk assessments. Skills in how to conduct well-functioning dialogues with stakeholders were also on the agenda.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Keywords
Integrated occupational safety and health, Learning, Participation
National Category
Medical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-227528 (URN)10.1016/j.apergo.2018.03.005 (DOI)000436224100033 ()2-s2.0-85044437848 (Scopus ID)
Funder
AFA Insurance, Dnr. 130197
Note

QC 20180522

Available from: 2018-05-22 Created: 2018-05-22 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
Nord Nilsson, L. & Vänje, A. (2015). Kollegor eller konkurrenter? : Samverkan i nätverk mellan arbetsmiljöingenjörer, ergonomer samt forskare. In: : . Paper presented at Arbetslivets förhållanden och villkor – mellan kontinuitet och förändring. Arbetsmiljohogskolan Lunds universitet. Forum for arbetslivsforskning (FALF).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kollegor eller konkurrenter? : Samverkan i nätverk mellan arbetsmiljöingenjörer, ergonomer samt forskare
2015 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180325 (URN)
Conference
Arbetslivets förhållanden och villkor – mellan kontinuitet och förändring. Arbetsmiljohogskolan Lunds universitet. Forum for arbetslivsforskning (FALF)
Projects
Implementering av natverk - nyttiggorande av branschkunskap
Funder
AFA Insurance
Note

QC 20160121

Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
Vänje, A. & Nord Nilsson, L. (2015). WIKIOSH: to develop learning networks about safety and health in the engineering sector. In: Proceedings 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, Melbourne 9-14 August 2015: . Paper presented at 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, 2015 (pp. 1411). International Ergonomics Association
Open this publication in new window or tab >>WIKIOSH: to develop learning networks about safety and health in the engineering sector
2015 (English)In: Proceedings 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, Melbourne 9-14 August 2015, International Ergonomics Association , 2015, p. 1411-Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper a network for knowledge sharing is presented. The network turns to safety and health engineers, ergonomists and researchers working in or with the manufacturing industry. The aim with the network is to strengthen and share sector related knowledge on safety and health. The results show a high interest in this kind of network and that the need for knowledge on how to handle complex situations is in focus, and not how to solve specific one dimensional problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Ergonomics Association, 2015
Keywords
environmental safety and health engineers, ergonomists, learning network, knowledge
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180324 (URN)
Conference
19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, 2015
Projects
Implementering av natverk - nyttiggorande av branschspecifik kunskap
Funder
AFA Insurance
Note

QC 2016-02-11

Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
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