Project: OSH assessments during the process of standardisation of future river locks using virtual reality


This project was submitted on 10/06/2016

The German network of waterways of some 7400 km with about 450 lock sites requires continuous attention and activities while ensuring high level of operational availability and occupational safety and health (OSH). With consideration of best practice standards for river locks of the future it should be possible to improve the quality of the network, to draw upon spare capacity for increasing freight transport volumes and to reduce costs across the life cycle. Standardisation in river lock design has been established referring to several lock components (e.g., gates, inspection safety closings, bollards). A project has been launched to strengthen the impact of OSH in the standardisation of river locks in their future contexts of use; referring to European Directives on machinery safety and on safety and health of workers at work.

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Organisation: Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (IFA)

Accident Prevention - Product Safety
Alte Heerstr. 111,
Sankt Augustin,

Principal Investigator: Dr Peter Nickel
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (IFA),
Alte Heerstr. 111,
Sankt Augustin,
cognitive systems engineering, cognitive ergonomics, engineering psychology, human information processing in interface design, process control operations, human-automation interaction, mental workload, virtual reality simulation studies
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