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Topic for a master thesis

According to a report by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, 60% of workers suffering from a work-related health problem reported suffering mainly from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs are estimated to cost the economy 0.5 - 1% of Germany's gross domestic product annually. Therefore, it is absolutely essential to evaluate and continuously develop ergonomics at the workplace in order to improve the health of workers, but also to show appreciation for them by taking care of them. The Revised Dortmund Guideline Values (Jäger, 2019) are an important reference point for the ergonomic design of the workplace and, within the framework of a systematic literature search, summarizing all relevant scientific publications that dealt with the forces on vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs in the lumbar spine. One thing is clearly noticeable in this systematic work with regard to the test persons: The lower age limit starts at 20 years. This means that the large group of trainees, who often have to do physically heavy work, is completely excluded. Within the framework of a master thesis, a systematic literature search is being conducted with the aim of examining studies that have included younger test persons in their measurements. This topic is preferably aimed at student teachers for vocational colleges who will work with this group of people in their future professional lives. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Heiko Wagner.

Jäger, M. (2019). Die „Revidierten Dortmunder Richtwerte “. Zentralblatt für Arbeitsmedizin, Arbeitsschutz und Ergonomie, 69(5), 271-289.