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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2020-03-31

Social sustainable integration of disabled people (with rehabilitative social needs) in the working process of horticultural farms The objectives of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as of the Austrian Action Plan 2012 (for implementation of an inclusive society) are the full and effective participation of disabled people in society. This project will provide scientific evidence, which will contribute to the integration of disabled people in the working society. The overall goal of the project is to provide all necessary information for a successful cooperation between day-care centers for disabled persons and private horticultural farms. The creation of such possibilities for a collaboration will offer disabled people a participation in general working life. The identification of suitable working processes and tasks requires the compilation of culture related activity and ability profiles for working processes or tasks. In order to be able to find out which crops require what kind of working skills, the tasks and sub-tasks referring to the crops cultivated by up to 6 representative Austrian horticultural farms must be identified. The method used is the classification of REFA time studies. In order to determine the skills and needs of disabled people in day-care centers, it is necessary to capture their abilities, by creating ability profiles for up to 50 persons. Based on these ability profiles, it is possible to allocate and categorize the necessary tasks. The ability profiles will be created mainly by means of the well-proven “IMBA method” (Integration of persons with disabilities in a working environment). In order to set up a fruitful collaboration, horticultural farms and day-care centers will be interviewed about their interests, needs and expectations. On the basis of this information, it will be possible to give recommendations for a sustainable collaboration. Based on the surveyed results and identified requirements, a training concept for nursing staff, company managers and trainers will be developed and optimized in order to guarantee a high degree of working quality and job satisfaction for both parties in the project (social sustainability, which offers socially produced products). The efficient knowledge transfer of scientific results will be ensured by the production of blended learning material, a recommendation booklet and guidance of the implementation carried out in pilot companies.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-03-01 - 2017-08-31

Ergonomically designed jobs are currently seen as a major contribution to the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and to jobs that are aging and gender-appropriate. In order to benefit from the advantages of ergonomics for the benefits of the economy and a process of humanization, ergonomic information that is generated through research and experience is required by companies and households. There is, however, a considerable delay in the transfer of knowledge between the sources of ergonomic knowledge production and the implementation of these new findings. This is due to the considerable deficit of multipliers. It will therefore be particularly important to identify and instruct all institutions involved in the transfer of knowledge, to act in a networked manner and, above all, to use their strengths and compensate the weaknesses. In order to implement prospective ergonomics more intensively in the national economy, the first step is to bundle and intensify university education and training in ergonomics in Austria. The aim of this project study is therefore to show which institutions, universities and technical colleges, in Austria, offer university degrees in which quality and quantity in ergonomics. The project has the objectives to create a list of universities and technical colleges that offer ergonomic teaching contents, a descriptive description of the existing contents as well as the categorization and clustering of the teaching contents according to the parameters that are relevant for the courses. The selection of the institutions takes place according to the current state of knowledge on the internet as well as survey information. Relevant internet and survey information on the teaching of ergonomics of about 30 providers are recorded. The data are analyzed descriptively and analytically in a spreadsheet program as well as in SAS and described. The most meaningful results on the content of teaching and methods of the Austrian institutions are presented in tabular and graphical form.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-03-01 - 2018-02-28

Pig farming is characterized by extreme economic challenges and changes in the economy, which accelerate the operational growth and assignment of different branches of the industry, especially on small-scale farms. In addition to the investment costs, operating costs are included into the largest cost positions of production costs. For this reason, it is very important for pig farmers to use the available working time as efficiently as possible. This can be promoted through the provision of documents about working time requirements for farm managers. The aim of the project study is to analyze the current group-housing systems for barren and pregnent sows, the management of large and small groups from a work economic point of view, and to generate working time data for planning purposes, which are based on efficient work process models. Four representative operations are selected for data collection, two each with large group management and two with small group management. The operational data, especially influence variables, are requested with a questionnaire (final). The activities as well as the working processes are recorded in a video-blind manner and the influencing variables are recorded by measurement technology. Identified missing working time data according to work elements, their influencing variables and frequencies are collected with an electronic time measuring device. The collected data are analyzed descriptively and analytically and validated. The working time requirements are compiled and validated comparatively by compiling the process models and linking the schedules of work elements with their frequencies and influencing variables as well as aggregating them.

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