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Digital Worker

Digital Worker

The Digital Worker ERA will focus on exposure, physical and organisational factors for workers in the petroleum industry. We will build new knowledge on real-time exposure assessment of chemical, physiological strain and the human factors elements of using such assessments in-situ.


Risk prevention and promotion of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the workplace are key factors to improve quality of work, working conditions and productivity. The current digitalization trends within the industry are expected to enable enormous possibilities for novel, flexible, cost-effective and interactive processes while maintaining and improving OHS. At the same time, digitalization and new technology are likely to cause new challenges that require new knowledge on both organisational and individual level to ensure safety and privacy.

External exposures and physical strain are still primary reasons for early retirement, reduced functionality and health impairments within the petroleum industry. It is therefore important with updated and new knowledge to achieve the full potential of new technologies for building a safer working environment.

A combination of different methods, i.e. field and lab measurements, questionaries' and interviews, will be applied to ensure involvement of the different perspective of working life ranging from physiological mechanisms to organisational issues. The project will use a multidisciplinary approach, combining human factors, technology and organisational management to develop a framework and new knowledge for the prospective digital worker. The results from this project will demonstrate how technological solutions and systems used in a smart way can be applied in the next generation of occupational health and safety and furthermore promote a healthier work life through the enlightenment of the individual worker up to the organisation level.

Published 21 March 2019
Research Scientist
930 41 251

Project duration

2019 - 2022

Digital Worker ERA



SINTEF Digital (Health Research and Smart Sensor Systems), and NTNU (Dept. of Neuromedicine and Movement Science (INB), fellow)


Industry partners


Lundin AS
Vår Energi (ENI Norge AS)


Resource group


National Research Centre of Working Environment i Danmark
Arbeidstakerorganisasjonen Industri & Energi
Arbeidstakerorganisasjonen SAFE