Techniques for Assessment of Activities and Postures at the Workplace

Which main activities do you have at work? How long time do you work in non-neutral and potential harmful postures? Self-reported assessments of physical demands are mainly too vague, often it is necessary to improve precision.

This course presents technical methods for assessment of physical activities and bodily postures, mainly for the use at the workplace. The course will present background of methods, theory, selection of approach and how to use systems as well as interpretation of results. Examples will be given and participants will get experience from hands-on exercises in use of the equipment.


Course objectives

Present background, theory, use and interpretation of results of methods for assessment of activities and postures at work as well as during leisure time.

Give participants impression of practical use of some equipment by hands-on exercises.

Target group

  • Occupational health practitioners
  • Occupational health researchers
  • Public health practitioners
  • Public health researchers

Course outline

The course will be a mixture of lectures, group work and exercises. The exercises will consist of equipment mounting, measurements, down-loading, analyses and interpretation of results.

Main topics

  • Presentation of methods for assessment of physical activities and postures
  • Self-reported data contra technical systems
  • Methods: Accelerometers and others
  • Examples of use / training
  • Measurement strategy
  • Interpretation of results

Registration deadline

September 4th 2019




The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 350 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 300
  • The day package II fee of EUR 80
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 300 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinner on Tuesday and the social program on Wednesday (guided tour and dinner at Oslo Manor House).

    The total price of the course is EUR 650 (course fee EUR 350 + day package fee EUR 300).

    We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as it is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 80 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 430 (course fee EUR 350 + day package fee EUR 80).

    Kindly note that day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 7th – 11th of October 2019 at Thon Hotel Gyldenløve, Oslo , Norway.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel through email;, using the booking code 26940506 (available until 30.8.2019).

    The room price for a single standard room is NOK 1250/night (Approximately EUR 130) including breakfast.

    The block reservation will be available until 30th of August 2019 so we recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by August 26th, 2019: full refund

    Cancellations received by August 27th, 2019 or later: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course Leader
Bo Veiersted
Senior researcher.,
Department of Work Psychology and Physiology, Statens arbeidsmiljøinstitutt - National Institute of Occupational Health

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Morten Jakobsen
mobile: +358 40 126 3336



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Course Leader

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Andreas Holtermann
Britta Weber
Inger Arvidsson
Lars-Kristian Lunde
Markus Koch
Mikael Forsman
Nidhi Gupta

General information

Course fee and payment The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA. Accommodation For more information about accommodation options, please see the…

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