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EAWS User Group Tests Ergonomic Rapid Screening Process

18 June 2019
Efficiently Identifying High-Risk Workplaces

The proper use and ongoing development of the EAWS process (Ergonomic Assessment Worksheet) – the international evaluation standard for physical workloads at workplaces – and the integration of employees affected by disabilities on a balanced line were the central focus at the recent meeting of the EAWS User Group Germany at the Aerospace Center in Wildau. In addition to those member corporations that have been actively involved for many years – i.e. Brose, imk automotive, Miele, Stihl and Volkswagen – BSH, Siemens and SMA Technologies, which joined the group last year, also sent representatives.

EAWS makes it possible to log and assess the different types of workloads that exist at a workplace and how they interact – i. e. body posture, action forces and handling materials as well as workloads arising from activities that are repeated frequently. This represents the total physical workload that an employee is exposed to. Based on EAWS, Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. has developed a rapid screening process to efficiently identify high-risk workplaces. Dr. Steffen Rast, Head of the Ergonomics Department at Deutsche MTM-Gesellschaft mbH, presented the latest stage in the development work. Manuela Ostermeier, Research Assistant at the MTM Institute, which coordinates the user group, referred at this point to the planned replacement of the previous Excel version of the rapid screening process by a cloud-based software solution – similar to MTM-EasyTime for calculating MTM standard times. As soon as MTM-EasyErgonomics, which is what the digital rapid screen tool is called, is available, the EAWS User Group will have the opportunity to test the product.

Ergonomics concept at Brose

Jens Makareinis from the Industrial Engineering department at Brose focused on the corporation’s ergonomics concept in his lecture. Another topic, which the user group discussed at Wildau, was how to integrate employees with impaired performance or disabilities on balanced production lines. Resul Taner from the Industrial Engineering department at BSH explained the criteria that should or need to be defined to make it easier for master craftsmen or shift managers to assign an employee with impaired performance or a disability to a suitable workplace.

The next meeting for participants will take place at Schaeffler in November this year; Schaeffler is another new member of the EAWS User Group.

Any corporations interested in becoming involved should please contact Manuela Ostermeier, MTM Institute; her e-mail address is: