Promotion of Work Ability towards Productive Aging: Selected papers of the 3rd International Symposium on Work Ability, Hanoi, Vietnam, 22-24 October 2007, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Promotion of Work Ability towards Productive Aging

Selected papers of the 3rd International Symposium on Work Ability, Hanoi, Vietnam, 22-24 October 2007, 1st Edition

Edited by Masaharu Kumashiro

CRC Press

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This publication is a collection of selected papers from the 3rd International Symposium on Work Ability—Promotion of Work Ability Towards a Productive Aging.

It addresses the Work Ability Index (WAI) as an index for evaluating work ability, developed by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health as a tool for evaluating work ability of workers. The ICOH SC for Aging and Work has promoted the use of this index through international conferences, publications and other means and by constructing an international database based on this index. As a result, today the WAI is used in 25 languages. WAI is becoming an international and multi-cultural technique.

This book is a collection of papers that discuss, from a variety of angles, the goal of developing a truly international standard tool that can be used in common internationally, taking into account differences in circumstances among countries, striving towards a common guideline that exceeds national and regional boundaries and can be used for the diagnostic evaluation of work ability and employability.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Overview

Achievements in Aging and Work “period 1989–2007; Challenges after 2007”

W.J. Goedhard

Measures for the aging workforce in Japan from the perspective of the occupational health, safety and ergonomic

M. Kumashiro

The effects of work-related and individual factors on work ability: A systematic review

T.I.J. van den Berg, L.A.M. Elders & A. Burdorf

Systematic review for assessing job demands and physical work capacity in safety jobs

A. Ropponen, J. Smolander & V. Louhevaara

Chapter 2 Work Ability Index

The place of age in organisational policymaking: Evidence from an Australian qualitative survey

L. Brooke, P. Healy, J. Jiang & P. Taylor

Establishment of a Work Ability Index network in Germany

H.M. Hasselhorn, B.H. Müller, R. Tielsch, B. Gauggel, G. Freude & J. Tempel

WAI among workers in SMEs at Wholesale, Fruits, Vegetables and Flower Market in Brazil – from research to action

I. Monteiro, K. Tuomi, J. Ilmarinen, J. Seitsamo, E. Tuominen & H.R. Corrêa-Filho

Factors associated to the work ability among Brazilian teachers

T.G. Vedovato & I. Monteiro

Factors that predict work ability: Incorporating a measure of organizational values towards ageing

J. Palermo, L. Webber, K. Smith & A. Khor

Effect of Japanese employment system on Work Ability Index

M. Tokuhiro, H. Izumi, J.-L. Malo, N. Uehara & M. Kumashiro

Study on work ability of Vietnamese workers in selected industries

D.K. Van & N.N. Nga

WAI among young employees in Brazil with new scores

I. Monteiro, J. Ilmarinen, K. Tuomi, J. Seitsamo, E.P. Goes, A.P. Fernandes & E.P. Hodge

Verifying of the theoretical model of perceived work ability in the field of teaching

V. Louhevaaral & S. Järvelin

An assessment of the Work Ability Index (WAI) and its usefulness in predicting and promoting continued workin staff employed by amajor UK Charity 83

T. Reilly, A. Rees & M. Tipton

Individual and work related determinants of work ability in white-collar workers

T.I.J. van den Berg, S.M. Alavinia, F.J. Bredt, D. Lindeboom, L.A.M. Elders & A. Burdorf

Workplace trauma exposure, emotional imbalance and work ability

G.P. Fichera, L. Neri, S. Sartori & G. Costa

Work ability and all cause mortality: A 25-year longitudinal study among Finnish municipal workers

J. Seitsamo & R. Martikainen

Impacts from occupational risk factors on self reported reduced work ability among Danish wage earners

L. Sell, A. Faber & K. Søgaard

Work ability and work quality as indicators for a longer and more productive working life

M. Melon, P. Cocco & G. Costa

Disabled people at work and work ability: A study in a Brazilian company

E.P. Hodge & I. Monteiro

Work ability of a population of 40+ in Luxembourg

N. Majery

Chapter 3 Staying at Work

Older worker career plateau: Issues and remedies

P. McCarthy & S. Moore

Can organisations influence employees’ intentions to retire?

J. Oakman & Y. Wells

Extending the working life

R.G. Goedhard & W.J.A. Goedhard

Pension preferences and work environment

M. Stattin

Younger managers and considerably older subordinates

I. Johansson

Training older workers and long-term development: Needs and obstacles

J.-C. Marquié & L.R. Duarte

Chapter 4 Promotion of Health and Work Ability

Promoting health and workability in Vattenfall AB Nordic, Sweden

R.J. Mykletun & T. Furunes

Managers’ decision making latitudes in relation to managing ageing workers

T. Furunes & R.J. Mykletun

The DRUVAN-project: A major increase in Occupational Health Service based on the Metal Age method in a Finnish municipality improved the work abilityand gave significant financial return

O. Näsman & G. Ahonen

A study on effects of support systems for KAIZEN in casting production of non-ferrous alloy by aged foundry workers

Y. Mizuno, N. Motegi, M. Sugiura, F. Matsuda, T. Yoshikawa, K. Sakai & T. Misawa

Discovering the treasure: The use of the Work Ability Concept and the WAI in a bus company within a workplace health promotion process

J. Tempel & J. Schramm

Prolonging working life in intellectual work

Ü. Kristjuhan

Ergonomic and safe design of railway vehicles for elderly and handicapped people

M. Rentzsch & D. Seliger

Female workers’ superior peculiarity and consideration for aging for the activation of “super-advanced age and fewer children” society

K. Mikami, K. Iida & M. Kumashiro

Usability research on the older person’s ability for Web browsing

D. Kobayashi & S. Yamamoto

Chapter 5 Age Affected Functions

Impact of psychosocial work environment factors measured by the COPSOQ on the need for recovery after work in aging workers. Preliminary results

P. Kiss & M. De Meester

Age differences in mental workload while performing visual search task

M. Takahara, T. Miura, K. Shinohara & T. Kimura

A study of clinical assessment of Unilateral Spatial Neglect using a Head Mounted Display system (HMD) for elderly stroke patients in a virtual reality technology

T. Tanaka, S. Ino, T. Ifukube, S. Sugihara, S. Shirogane, Y. Oyama & Y. Maeda

Postural control using a vibratory feedback system for balance training in the elderly

T. Tanaka, S. Ino, T. Ifukube, S. Shirogane, Y. Maeda,Y. Oyama, S. Sugihara & T. Izumi

A study of static and dynamic balance abilities in the elderly

Y. Maeda, T. Tanaka, S. Ino, T. Ifukube, S. Shirogane & Y. Oyama

Differences of visual information processing between younger and aged person

K. Yamanaka,Y. Nakanishi & M. Kawakami

Chapter 6 Nurse

Effects of disturbed sleep on work ability and well-being among European nurses

D. Camerino, P.M. Conway, S. Sartori & G. Costa

Physical/mental recovery and work ability of nurses in Japan

C. Miyamoto, Y. Suenaga, M. Ando, N. Noda, Y. Okui & M. Hashimoto

Relationship between depersonalization syndrome and medical malpractice among Japanese nurses

M. Sugiura, M. Hirosawa, Y. Yamada, Y. Nishi, S. Tanaka & M. Mizuno

Effect of continuous exercise on job stress among Japanese nurses

Y. Kawata, Y. Yamada, M. Sugiura, Y. Nishi, M. Mizuno, M. Hirosawa & S. Tanaka

Relation between Typus Melancholicus and burnout among Japanese nurses

Y. Yamada, M. Hirosawa, M. Sugiura, Y. Nishi, S. Tanaka & M. Mizuno

Relationship between depression and depersonalization among Japanese nurses

S. Tanaka, M. Sugiura, M. Hirosawa, Y. Yamada, Y. Nishi & M. Mizuno

Effect of obsessive personality traits and impulsiveness on obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders among hospital nurses

Y. Nishi, M. Hirosawa, M. Sugiura, Y. Yamada, S. Tanaka & M. Mizuno

Work-family balance and stressors among Japanese administrative nurses

M. Mizuno, Y. Yamada, M. Hirosawa, M. Sugiura, Y. Nishi,Y. Kawata & S. Tanaka

Chapter 7 Others

Time constraints and age: Health impact on musculoskeletal problems and perceived health

B. Norma, S. Rosa & S. Francesco

Age-related differences in insurance claim rates for work-related injuries and diseases for different occupations and industry sectors

K. Munk, P. Congdon & W. Macdonald

Age-related differences in patterns of return to work and compensation costs following work-related injury or illness

K. Munk, P. Congdon & W. Macdonald

Keyword Index

Author Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety