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Document ID (ISN)75461
CIS number 00-1481
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gaudart C.
Title Conditions for maintaining ageing operators at work - A case study conducted at an automobile manufacturing plant
Bibliographic information Oct. 2000, Vol.31, No.5, p.453-462. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract The relationship between mental workload and ageing in an automobile manufacturing company was investigated. Demographic trends and work organization determine the conditions under which older workers can work in repetitive tasks under tight time constraints. The methodology is based on comparing workers of different ages at their regular workstations and during the training process for conducting new tasks. The older workers appear to develop health-preserving approaches to work while achieving production goals. The possibility of setting up such strategies depends on the task characteristics. More generally, this study allows a better understanding of why some older workers are excluded from certain tasks, and thus why "polyvalency" or job rotation decreases with age.
Descriptors (primary) older workers; motor vehicle industry; work aptitude; mental workload
Descriptors (secondary) repetitive work; comparative study; age-linked differences; perceptual-motor performance
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Mental workload
Older workers