UNGER, Velamed and the University of Siegen are carrying out a study on ergonomic cleaning

> A study to improve the working ergonomics of cleaners

> 40 percent of cleaners complain about pain*

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In the cleaning sector, the physical strain on workers is particularly high. That is why the key question is: How can modern working methods, economic success and ergonomics be brought together? In order to provide the answer, UNGER is carrying out a comprehensive study in cooperation with Velamed and the University of Siegen. 

As early as the end of the 19th century, for the first time an attempt was made to analyse work and its associated movement sequences. The goal was to save time and energy and be able to use both more efficiently. Therefore, it was about measuring work - a consequence of industrialisation. The aim was to increase the economic success.

Today, on the other hand, it is not only about economic efficiency, rather it is the employee as a person who is more and more in focus. Arms, backs, wrists - especially when cleaning floors, cleaning staff put heavy strain on their bodies. One of the most common reasons for time away from work is therefore musculoskeletal disorders.

UNGER is carrying out a study on ergonomic cleaning

The subject of ergonomics in the cleaning sector has always been a central concern for UNGER. To deal with this in a comprehensive and practice oriented way, the cleaning specialist is working together with Velamed Medizintechnik GmbH and the Department of work sciences/ergonomics of the University of Siegen on the further development of floor cleaning systems in an extensive, realistic test system. This includes the direct involvement of a meaningful number of subjects and the comparison with conventional cleaning products.

The goal: To make the work of cleaners more healthy with innovative tools.

The procedure

In order to analyse the muscular stress as well as the possibly occurring physical impairments of the hand-arm-shoulder system, the subjects repeatedly clean a surface area of 10 m2 with the S-movement - on the one hand with the UNGER erGO! clean floor cleaning system and on the other hand with conventional cleaning tools. Thanks to methods from the field of work science such as surface electromyography (sEMG) for the graphic representation of electrical processes in the musculature, conclusions can be drawn regarding the actual body load during floor cleaning. Electrodes and sensors are applied to the test subjects which precisely record and visualise the movement sequences. This not only measures the effort required for the actual cleaning, but also during the preparatory work. Additionally, a detailed motion analysis as well as a subjective survey are carried out on the basis of a standardised questionnaire, before conclusions regarding the ergonomic way of working are drawn.

Finally, the in-depth study results provide information about the actual stress on the muscle system and how ergonomic floor cleaning systems can help maintain the body health of cleaners and prevent work related illnesses. "This shows once again how important innovative products are for optimum working ergonomics - something that UNGER has close at heart!" says Torsten Deutzmann, Managing Director of UNGER Europe. 

Investing in the health of employees pays off. Staff downtime is minimised and costs are reduced.

You can also obtain benefits and find out about the advantages of erGO! clean floor cleaning system.

*Source: www.agr-ev.de


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