New technologies as a field of action for OSH

Summary

The emergence and rapid development of new technologies are changing the working conditions and working environment. New technologies have a lot of potential to deal with existing and well-known OSH questions such as e.g. the design of the man-machine interface, the real time monitoring of work environment parameters. Simultaneously, new technologies stimulate research in a number of new domains of scientific development such as the development and application of smart and functional materials. Challenge is to reduce possible OSH risks at an early stage by usage of these new technologies. Moreover the development of new technologies may lead to the emergence of new hazards and risks and overrule known solutions. Research should therefore support the development of a common European position with regard to new technologies and OSH in order to anticipate the possibilities and consequences of technology implementation.

 

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