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Moveit: improved motivation and engagement for hazard control
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Industrial Engineering and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5907-626X
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Industrial Engineering and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5953-2165
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
2005 (English)In: IOHA 6th International Conference, Pilansberg, South Africa, 2005Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The knowledge of possibilities to reduce or eliminate hazards in workplaces has been gradually developed during decades. The same is true for the technical development focusing on prevention of exposure to i.e. noise and air contaminants or accident prevention. However, the existence of ventilation technique, which can minimise the emission, and distribution of air contaminants, thus reducing the workers exposure to it effectively, does not mean that this technique is used. The situation is too often the same with most other technical solutions aimed at hazard control in the workplace. According to our experience the reason for not implementing good control technology or failure to use effective personal protection equipment is very often not a question of money. It is very much a question of knowledge, motivation and engagement. This implies that the effectiveness of investments in control technology all too often is poor. It is easy for the experienced occupational hygienist to identify examples where investments in effective control technology could be drastically improved if it were to be utilized in the way the designer had intended. It is for example easy to find welders who have access to good smoke extractors but nevertheless are exposed to fumes because of incorrect handling of the extractor. This is often explained by a limited motivation to use the equipment, sometime combined with inadequate knowledge of its qualities. There is therefore a need for methods that can support improved motivation and engagement for the reduction of hazardous exposure. It is our belief that many such methods already exist but they are normally not developed for that purpose. The key element in those methods is that they have a potential to activate the worker. When for example a standard occupational exposure measurement method is conducted the results are normally reported in a written report, which is sent to the manager of the company some weeks later. The feedback to the exposed worker is very limited and possibilities to reduce exposure by changes in work practises may be overlooked. If instead visualisation methods such as PIMEX are used the worker will be a lot better motivated and engaged to take part in the seeking of solutions. A project aimed at identification, evaluation and development of such “Moveit-methods” has been conducted at the Swedish Institute for Working Life. Examples of methods that have been found useful for this purpose are besides PIMEX, the TUTTAVA method which primarily aims at measuring good housekeeping at work, various check lists, editing of photos from a workplace to stimulate discussions around possible improvements etc. A number of such methods have been identified and found to be very useful for the purpose of acting like a starting motor in a change process, which then must be followed by a main engine that shall make use of the improved motivation and engagement among the exposed. The main engine is the driving force for a traditional problem-solving circle. The Moveit-method has then helped to give a much better base for a more effective use of existing possibilities to reduce hazardous exposure.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Pilansberg, South Africa, 2005.
Keywords [en]
hazard control, motivation, engagement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-2731OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:2731DiVA, id: diva2:521734
Conference
IOHA 6th International Conference, Pilansberg, South Africa, 19-23 September, 2005, 2005
Available from: 2007-04-12 Created: 2007-04-12 Last updated: 2017-04-06Bibliographically approved

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