Prof. Redha Taiar Research Approved by Peers
~Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE 2014, Kraków, Poland 19-23 July 2014~
Prof. Dr. Redha Taiar's research on the benefits of anti-fatigue matting, Standing Smart, was officially reviewed and approved by a panel of peers during the 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2014) that was held in Kraków, Poland from 19 - 23 July, 2014.
The aim of our study is to increase the comfort of users at work by studying the balance and by minimizing the joint stresses. Studying the upright position, the adjusting of his segments to maintain the good balance and decreasing muscular problems are the main elements to highlight in order to improve the everyday (working) life of users. Based on the optimization of new materials, the project consists in validating prototypes destined to improve ergonomics at work and to optimize the comfort of users (new anti-fatigue mats Notrax®). Without mats our results showed a dysfunction balance of the worker which can cause pathologies or repetitiveness and other work constraining factors which can accelerate the process. The distribution of foot pressure obtained (30% and 70%) of the weight of the body is mainly on the right side. This imbalance is very harmful for the human body. With mats we observed in working situations where people make small movements constantly, the anti-fatigue mats that we tested good properties that give a muscular-skeletal comfort in upright working positions. This can be verified by the constancy of the force evolution curve during the movement.
Prof. Dr. Redha Taiar, an expert in biomechanical, human locomotion, kinematic and kinetic analysis and biomedical technologies at the University of Reims in France, conducted the research in 2011 by studying the upright position of the human body, the adjusting of its segments to maintain its balance and diminishing muscular problems are the main elements to highlight in order to improve the everyday (working) life of users. By observing workers and measuring foot pressure for employees standing for long periods, Prof. Taiar was able to identify two causes of fatigue and therefore a two-pronged approach in combating the muscular-skeletal disorders associated with long-term standing.