Training and personal abilities to guide participatory ergonomics programmes (PE-ABLE)

The main aim of the PE-ABLE project is to create a training course to provide occupational health professionals with skills to give courses on participatory ergonomics and on acquiring the personal skills to lead such programmes.


Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common cause of sick leave in industrialised societies. One activity to reduce the causes that lead to such disorders is to carry out Participatory Ergonomics courses. These courses involve finding ergonomic solutions based on the involvement of key parties in the company.

The PE-ABLE project’s main aim is to create an online course to give skills to those responsible for promoting, coordinating and stimulating this kind of participatory ergonomics programme so as to optimise its effectiveness and make it available in English, Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese.


1. Define the training needs of professionals in occupational health in Europe as regards participatory ergonomics and personal skills.

2. Draw up training content to meet said needs. The main aspects to be included are:

a. Ergonomics in the workplace.

b. The principles of participatory ergonomics.

c. Steps, procedure, methods and resources to be applied in participatory ergonomics courses.

d. Personal skills: problem-solving methods, teamwork, coping with change, communication, leadership.

e. Specific procedures in participatory ergonomics, examples and good practices.

3. Create an online course using the content previously developed.

4. Pilot test for the course.

5. Dissemination and exploitation of the results.


Participants and collaborating companies


Instituto de Biomecánica - IBV (Spain)


Instituto Sindical de Trabajo, Ambiente y Salud (Spain)

Delft University of Technology (Holland)

Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (United Kingdom)

Global Human Development (Portugal)

Duration and reference no.

Start date: 01-01-2012
End date: 31-12-2013
Project reference no.: LLP-1-2011-1-ES-518506

European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, sub-programme Leonardo da Vinci (development of innovation project)


European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, sub-programme Leonardo da Vinci (development of innovation project)