Design School

Research

Driving's a pain

Group: Design Ergonomics

Project: Driving out back pain in business drivers

The development and evaluation of a Driving Ergonomics tool specifically targeted at managing the risks of ill health in business drivers

3 years, completed September 2009

£192,000

Dr Diane Gyi

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Confidential

Overview

Prolonged exposure to driving cars is a risk factor for low back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) - people who drive as part of their job (e.g. sales representatives, police officers) are at particular risk. Driving itself enforces a constrained posture, but in addition the car is increasingly being used as a mobile workplace with associated health risks. 

This research has shown that prevention strategies that are tailored to the drivers' needs are much more effective in terms of changing behaviour and improving health. 

Although prevention strategies for MSDs may be relatively low cost, the benefits for an organisation are not easily observable.  For health to be seriously considered a business issue, the incentives for employers need to be clear.

The research involved the development and evaluation of a Driving Ergonomics tool specifically targeted at managing the risks of ill health in business drivers.

Please contact Dr Diane Gyi for more information.