Co-funded by the
Erasmus+ Programme
of the European Union

FitWork Project 14.08.2017

Fitwork project presentation flyer EN

Fitwork WHP brochure EN

Fitwork final brochure EN

PARTNERSHIP

The Project Coordinator

  • Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV), Spain

Partners:

  • University of Coimbra (UC) Portugal
  • University of Technology Eindhoven (TU/e), Netherlands
  • European Network Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP), Netherlands
  • Institute of Mining Technology KOMAG, Poland
  • Romtens Foundation (ROMTENS), Romania, Bucharest

OBJECTIVES:

The general objective of the project is to promote physical activity at work, awareness workers and health and safety professionals of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity attending to the job demands.

Specific objectives:

  • to define specific exercises taking into account musculoskeletal risks of people at work,
  • to design physical activity programs at work to reduce musculoskeletal injury risks,
  • to introduce in this programs motivational aspects,
  • to define good practices to develop physical activity programs at work, and
  • to disseminate these good practices with the aim of reaching as many professionals as possible

CONTEXT

Workplace physical demands have widely changed in the last century and fortunately, they are still changing. In general, labors with high effort requirements have been partially reduced in developed countries: nowadays, most of the jobs in the European Union (EU) have a low overall energy demand.

However, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, (MSDs, painful disorders of muscles, ligaments, joints and other elements that are part of human body’s supporting system) are among the most common occupational diseases in the EU and the most important causes of long-term sickness absences. For this reason, MSDs are a priority in EU’s prevention strategy on occupational health and safety.

In this context, the FitWork project aims to develop good practices to support ergonomics, health and safety professionals and to implement physical activity programs designed by sports experts, addressed to reduce specific ergonomic risks at the workplace. For meeting this objective, ergonomics and sports professionals will work together for defining good practices in occupational risk prevention through physical activities, including motivational aspects, and best practices on implementing workplace health promotion programs (WHPP) will be identified.

TARGET GROUP & AUDIENCETARGET GROUP & AUDIENCE:

Workers: To increase their participation in physical activities, and have exercises defined specifically to prevent musculoskeletal injuries derived from workplaces;

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professionals: To have a powerful tool that allows recommending to workers to do specific exercises (physical activity programs) attending to the risks of their workplaces and to encourage them to carry a more active and healthy lifestyle;

Sports professionals: To have at their disposal fitness plans designed for specific workplaces requirement