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Robots, working conditions and job content: opportunities and hindrances for the improvement of the quality of working life

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Author: Mossink, J.C.M. · Peeters, M.H.H.
Type:article
Date:1993
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Place: Tarrytown, NY, United States
Institution: Nederlands Instituut voor Praeventieve Gezondheidszorg TNO
Source:Stassen H.G., Analysis, Design and Evalution of Man-Machine Systems 1992, 9-11 June 1992, the Hague, the Netherlands, 101-108
Identifier: 232105
doi: doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-041900-8.50019-0
ISBN: 978-0-08-041900-8
Keywords: Accident prevention · Ergonomics · Health · Job satisfaction · Occupational risks · Job content · Occupational safety · Working conditions · Working life quality · Robots

Abstract

The introduction of robots into workplaces offer opportunities to improve occupational safety, health and job content. In this study 16 case studies of robot work places in 4 companies and a literature survey were performed in order to prepare an instructional publication for the Dutch Labour Inspectorate. It appears that in many cases one fails to fully take advantage of the opportunities robots offer to improve working conditions. With respect to the amelioration of job content it can be concluded that robot related activities offer to little prospects. An approach in which not robot related work is also included offers a better perspective.