Risk reduction for workers is often stated as one of the objectives for the development of new technologies. Robots or automated systems are often introduced to replace manual tasks that would otherwise produce risks for the operator. At the same time, it is clear that technology h has brought substantial transformation effects in today’ workplace and will continue to do so in the future.
The digital transformation of work initiated by many manufacturing organisations highlights the need to analyse the effects of the Digital Transformation on potential occupational health and safety risks, considering changed operating conditions, as well as changed rules and practices of organisations. These effects are, for example, related to new forms of work performance and related safeguards, but they will also influence further reference areas such as organisational risk factors, the psycho-physical domain of workers and their work-life balance.
In this context, the general objective of the TRADARS project is to carry out a detailed analysis of the impacts that digitalisation may have on the protection of workers' health and safety, by identifying priorities for action and defining specific mitigation tools to respond to new emerging risks.