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843-850 H. Kalkis,, Z. Roja and V. Kalkis
Physical load analysis in hotel cleaning work
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Physical load analysis in hotel cleaning work

H. Kalkis¹⋅²,*, Z. Roja³ and V. Kalkis³

¹Institute for Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Riga Stradins University, 16 Dzirciema Street, Riga, LV-1007, Latvia; *Correspondence: henrijs.kalkis@rsu.lv 2Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Latvia, Aspazijas blvd. 5LV-1050, Riga, Latvia 3Ergonomics research Centre, University of Latvia, K. Valdemara 48, LV-1013 Riga, Latvia

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Hotel cleaning work is one of the physically demanding professions. Employees in hotel cleaning processes are subjected to compulsory work postures, frequent body, arm, and leg movements, awkward turns due to areas of restricted spaces or inappropriate work equipment. Such workload can result in health problems and deteriorate health. Therefore, the aim of the research was to determine the physical load for hotel office cleaning staff. 23 hotel cleaners, all female, participated in the investigation participated. For the physical load analysis, a questionnaire, the Key Indicator Method, the quick exposure check method, and heart rate monitoring were chosen. It was proved in this research that the work of hotel office cleaners corresponds to the category of light and moderate workload despite the fact that hotel office cleaners themselves consider the work process to be very intensive and physically demanding. Further studies are necessary in order to clarify the fatigue level and other social risks that can influence the physical workload of employees.

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681-686 V. Siirak, P. Tint and A. Traumann
Some practical applications of e-learning in OHS and ergonomics in higher education
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Some practical applications of e-learning in OHS and ergonomics in higher education

V. Siirak*, P. Tint and A. Traumann

Department of Work Environment and Safety, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, EE19086 Tallinn, Estonia;
*Correspondence: virve.siirak@ttu.ee

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Abstract. The  computer  based  e-learning  in  Moodle  environment  and  other  computer applications in the teaching of occupational health and safety (OHS) are investigated. The social constructivist  learning  theory  is  effective  method  for  teaching  and  learning  of  OHS  and ergonomics  issues  in  the  university  education.  The  computer  programme  for  determination  of the  safety  level  at  enterprise  is  presented.  The  simple  computer  applications  are  very  suitable educational  tools  for  e-learning  of  OHS  and  ergonomics.  They  could  be  also  used  by  the employers  of  small  and  medium-sized  enterprises.  The  scope  of  practical  applications  of  e-learning in OHS and ergonomics in higher education is analysed on the basis of the scientific literature and analysing the methods used in the EU.

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413-420 H. Kalkis, Z. Roja, V. Kalkis and I. Rezepina
Ergonomics approach in entrepreneurship
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Ergonomics approach in entrepreneurship

H. Kalkis¹*, Z. Roja², V. Kalkis² and I. Rezepina¹

¹Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Latvia, Aspazijas blvd.5, LV-1050, Riga, Latvia; *Correspondence: henrijs.kalkis@lu.lv
²Ergonomics Research Centre, University of Latvia, K. Valdemara 48,LV-1013, Riga, Latvia

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The research focuses on determination of the workload and work strain in small andmedium-sized metalworking enterprises of Latvia. A number of studies in the world prove thatthe effectiveness of an organisation is closely related to a human, performer of the work, whoseskills and health affect the results of the organisation’s activity. This research, by applyingergonomics load evaluation methods, showed that extensive workload and work strain inmetalworking enterprises has a negative impact on workers’ wellbeing and health. Theeconomics effectiveness calculations confirmed that the investments in ergonomics inmetalworking manufacturing processes maintain human resources and are economicallyfavourable in ensuring enterprise effectiveness, but further studies are necessary to evaluateworkers’ contribution and willingness to participate in ergonomics interventions.

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