Within the framework of the MEGAPHYS joint project, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) and the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) are cooperating to develop a package of methods for the risk assessment of physical workload. The aim is to provide a scientifically sound inventory of methods that are coordinated with one another and classified according to effort at the various levels of differentiation within the risk assessment (special screening, expert screening, measurement-based analysis). In doing so, consideration should be made of all typical forms of work-related physical load. Based on the load classifications according to BGI/GUV-I 7011, these include: manual material handling, repetitive work processes, working with greater exertion of force, working with greater physical effort, and evaluation of combined physical loads. The technical work is carried out in cooperation with project partners from the fields of occupational health, ergonomics, biomechanics, occupational physiology and occupational science.
The inventory of methods aims to provide substantial support for improving preventive occupational safety and health in the workplace environment and practical identification of unfavourable working conditions. The various method levels are intended to facilitate the evaluation of working processes, ranging from the simple to the complex, within the framework of both planning analyses and analyses of the current status with a view to identifying bottlenecks in workloads.
In addition to coordinating and managing the project in parity with the IFA, activities at the BAuA focus on the extensive revision, further development and completion of the so called Key Indicator Methods (KIM) developed by the BAuA (at the methodological level of special screening), as well as on a complete evaluation of the system of KIM. This is based on the existing KIM for lifting, holding and carrying of loads (2000), pulling and pushing of loads (2001) and manual handling operations (2011). Further models are to be developed to cover the forms of physical workload not yet addressed. These include working with greater exertion of force, working with greater physical effort and based on this, an integrative evaluation is to be made of different forms of physical workload.
Unit 3.1 "Prevention of Work-related Diseases"