Nuremberg in November 2021

The development continues and now the version 3.0 of the HUMEN dynamics app is available. What was important to us: we incorporated the suggestions and wishes of our users. This allowed us to make our product even more convenient and safer.

New code system:

After deciding which videos to analyze from a workstation, you can conveniently request your result by entering a code.  

You have full transparency in the application. 

For newcomers 

… there is the code for a first minute of getting to know each other. You will receive the code free of charge: You can use your minute freely at the same time you can always see how much time is still available. After expiration, simply request a new code, you will receive an order from us at a fixed price, which you only have to confirm. Open and fair.

You are a professional user

… and know what you want. Simply order the required analysis minutes via the app at a guaranteed fixed price. The code is transferable and unlimited in time.

 From practice, we repeatedly receive information on which areas of application are interesting for the app, e.B  to supplement the risk assessment. Manufacturers who sell ergonomic solutions use the app to demonstrate their ergonomic competence to customers. We see that the areas of application are very diverse, there are no limits to the imagination, so to speak! 

Questions, wishes, suggestions or suggestions? We at IGR are here for you!  

Nuremberg in October 2021

With the certification as an ergonomic product, one of the world market leaders for children’s and youth school bags and backpacks took the path of facing the test criteria with regard to ergonomics suitable for children and young people at an early stage. We are pleased that the IGR is increasingly perceived internationally and that our seal of quality is also establishing itself outside Europe.

The commemorative publication for the 50th anniversary of the Chinese manufacturer Tiger Family shows the importance of ergonomics in the children’s sector. With intelligently implemented ergonomics, high-quality school bags and backpacks grow with the children and enable a carefree path through school life.

Nuremberg in September 2021

Despite all conflicting opinions, one insight has prevailed: ventilation is good and cannot be replaced by mobile air purification devices. However, it is clear that the cleaning performance with regard to the viruses in the air is fast and controlled. What’s more, fine dust and various allergens are also reliably removed, regardless of whether air is exchanged regularly and regularly by opening the windows. In the cold season it can happen that too short or not at all ventilation is done…

Now the financing of (mobile) air purification devices is a problem in many places in view of tight budgets. Even with the promise of a 50% assumption of costs by state authorities, half of the costs are to be borne by the material expense carriers in the cities and municipalities, which sometimes presents them with considerable problems. It is remarkable how much private commitment is formed in this context, such as parents’ initiatives are active throughout the country and collect money to enable the financing of the devices.

As an institute, which is also active in the context of the ongoing study entitled “Take a deep breath in the classroom”, we cannot and do not want to intervene in this discussion. The only thing that is certain is that in the interest of the health of all those who come together in enclosed spaces, air purification systems based on HEPA 14 filter technology are a reliable solution for the removal of harmful particles of all kinds.

We are also happy to refer to our study partner, KRIEG in Heimsheim, Baden-Württemberg, who explains the technical requirements for efficient air purification on his website:


innovationspreis ergonomie

Nuremberg in August 2021

The manufacturer Wilhelm Humpert GmbH & Co. KG from Wickede/Ruhr manufactures customizable bicycle components under the name ergotec. The aim of the developments is a high degree of adaptation to the needs of the respective cyclists. What we particularly like: not only ergonomic products are built and sold, the focus is also consciously directed to the right setting and thus the optimal application. This was worth the presentation of the Innovation Award Ergonomics 2021, about which ergotec also informs all cyclists. As with almost all products that can be called ergonomic, their health-promoting effect is only given when they are used correctly. As the saying goes: “It’s all a matter of adjustment!”


innovationspreis ergonomie

innovation award 2021Nuremberg in July 2021

For the third time, the jurors have come together and were spoilt for choice. The effort was worth it. Among the top-class applications were again the most diverse companies that stand for the diversity of the fields of application of modern ergonomics. Be it the classic office furniture manufacturer, which has been able to sharpen its ergonomic profile again and again over many years, or the innovative start-up that makes its valuable contribution to the working world of the future with fresh ideas: the entire spectrum is reflected in the range of companies that were back at the start.

It’s nothing like before

Against the backdrop of the pandemic, it became apparent how the boundaries between home and the world of work are blurring. With the home office, everyday professional life moved into our private lives. Solutions that were previously found in the offices are also interesting for mobile working away from the fixed workstations. What’s more: in the home environment, there are still some things ergonomically wrong. Many people will no longer or only partially return to their old office workplaces, i.e. a humane equipment of the home office is at the top of the agenda in the coming months.

The topic of behavioral ergonomics is becoming even more important. Personal responsibility on the basis of solid knowledge enables a sensible and relieving use of work equipment. Compensation through exercise and sport contribute to the prevention of damage caused by one-sided or incorrect stress. Meaningful ergonomic innovations make a valuable contribution to this.

Let yourself be surprised by the variety of manufacturers and their innovative solutions!

We are pleased to award the IGR award “Innovation Award Ergonomics 2021” to the following winners:

BakkerElkhuizen International B.V.
Beckmann AS
Blickle Räder+Rollen GmbH u. Co. KG
COBA europe GmbH
Contour Design Nordic A/S
Dataflex Deutschland GmbH
Dauphin HumanDesign® Group GmbH & Co. KG
dormiente GmbH
DURABLE Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG
Elten GmbH
Ergon International GmbH
Froli GmbH & Co. KG
Gymbutler UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
HOCK Design e.K.
Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) Universitat Politècnica de València
JOKA Kapsamer GmbH
Koala Babycare Hustle Srl.
Krieg Industriegeräte GmbH + Co KG
Lässig GmbH
Pimiento OHG – CrazyChair
PROTAURUS Produktion + Logistik GmbH
Recticel Bedding (Schweiz) AG
Rummel Matratzen GmbH & Co. KG
Silke König
SmartQ Werkzeuge GmbH
Sole Runner
Steppie ApS
Third of Life GmbH
Vision Engineering Ltd.
Vivat Trading
Wilhelm Humpert GmbH & Co. KG
Wilkhahn Wilkening+Hahne GmbH+Co.KG

Nuremberg, June 2021

Inordertominimizetheriskofinfectioninclassroomsandthusmaketeachingpossibleinthefirstplace,differentmeasuresareimplementedtoreduceaerosolpollution.Unfortunately,pureventilationhas proved tobelesseffectiveinpractice,especiallyiftheassociateddisruptivefactors are taken intoaccount,suchasnoiseandemissions,e.Bpollenflightfrom the outside.Ifventilationispossibleatall:evenmoreproblematicisthesituationinroomswherenowindowscanbeopened.

Aim of the study

Oneofthemosteffectivemethodsistheuseofairpurificationequipment.TheIGRwouldliketo find outinabroad-basedfieldstudy howthistechniquecan be usedunderrealconditions.

  • Dohandlingandongoingoperationprovethemselvesinpractice?
  • Canthelessonsbecarriedouttrouble-free?
  • Istheoperationandmaintenancecomprehensibleanduser-friendly?

Scientific background

Accordingtoexperts,asstatedbyDr.SauterfromtheInstituteofAerosolResearch,filterefficiencyiscrucialforasignificantreductionintheriskofinfectionwhenitis necessary tosignificantlyreducetheconcentrationofviruses,allergensandparticulatematterintheair.

With the aim of minimising the risk of infection in group rooms (and thus protecting students, teachers and school employees), this requirement must be met. This means that a high filter efficiency of at least 99.995% should be given by high separation efficiency of a high-performance filter, e.B. the HEPA high-performance filter H14 according to industry standard. Our study partner Krieg supports us with a test device that meets these technical requirements in order to accompany the study as an example.

Have we aroused your interest?

Then write to us:

Nuremberg, April 2021

The IGR seminar “Better sell with expertise ergonomics” now online. The IGR has developed this training format specifically for providers of ergonomic products and services. Now also optionally as an online seminar! Current developments under pandemic conditions will also be taken into account. Especially when it comes to the fundamental changes in the world of work, especially the topic of home office in the area of tension between mobile working and teleworking. Of course, we continue to stick to the classic topics around the concepts of technical and behavioural ergonomics and how we can implement them in a successful way.

For all those who are active in sales, the questions arise again and again:

  • how do I present the special characteristics of my products and services in such a way that they stand out from the competition?
  • What makes a real unique selling point?
  • How do I identify the target groups that are relevant to me or how do I address the important opinion leaders and multipliers?

The aim is to provide ergonomic expertise specifically for sales staff in order to be able to communicate the product characteristics to the customer in the direction of the corresponding target groups. In addition to the purchasing department, these can be, for example, occupational health management, occupational safety, or personnel management. Multipliers who have a decisive say in procurement.

Have we aroused your interest?

Then write to me:

Nuremberg in March  2021

We now present everything you need to know about  the  “newcomer app” – ergonomically sustainable and innovative at the same time.

Trendy, digital, health-promoting & scientifically sound – this  is  HUMEN®  dynamics, the ergonomic app of theIGR. A “high-tech tool” that not only opens up innovative perspectives around health & ergonomics in companies. Rather, the app impresses both senseless and visible. Thanks to lively interaction and expressive visualization, it sharpens the awareness of relieving, correct movement sequences in production or craftsmanship.  H UMEN®  isnow available for download: from the Apple  Store  or  on  Google  play.

Humen Dynamics – Why?

Whether demographic change, later retirement, global technology: the face of our world of work and its requirements is completely changing. Not only in the distant future, but now. The focus is on the physical and mental well-being of all employees. Only those who feel fit and agile remain fully active in their professional life for as long as possible. It is therefore time to raise our awareness accordingly. This is for healthy ergonomics at the workplace – from optimal equipment to ideal movement sequences.

This is precisely why the IGR developed a forward-looking concept for the promotion of corporate ergonomics. In cooperation with the team of Prof. Dr. Gerold  Bausch  at the  Laboratory for  Biosignal Processing  at  HTWK Leipzig, the computer-based application  HUMEN® dynamics wascreated. Already available offline since September 2019,   the tool is very popular with responsible health managers. Because instead of grey theory, the motto is:

Let pictures speak

Only a short “in action video” recorded directly or live at the workplace is sufficient for an exact evaluation of the motor skills with the help of HUMEN®  dynamics.  In plain language: film, upload the file and you can send an e-mail via the IGR to the HTWK for analysis. An analysis that, in addition to easy comprehensibility, inspires with pictorial clarity.

In this way, employees, supervisors or “health officers” discover what is wrong with the video based on their own mirror image. Because Ergo-Man (anatomical stick figure) evaluates and documents all movements of the knee, shoulder and spine. Orientation to the RULA standard (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment).  According to the traffic light principle, it changes its color from green to orange to red – depending on the error rate, time load and need for improvement. An all-round successful process: simple, sustainable and motivating at the same time, since tangible.

„Health is digital“

But in HUMEN®  dynamics there is even more high-tech potential, namely and this has finally been implemented in a technical-creative way. HUMEN®  dynamics has thus become a hip, digital trendsetter. Better said: To a mobile, smart & interactive app. An app that literally enlivens the ergonomic market:

Always at your fingertips – we have it in our hands

Thanks to smartphones, tablets & co., HUMEN®  dynamics is now available for use anywhere. The app picks up employees, colleagues and managers right where they are regularly: at their workplace. Long-breathed scheduling with each other as well as cumbersome procurement processes in terms of (video) equipment are eliminated. Because the mobile phone on site is quickly snapped up and you’re off – successful installation including registration of an account provided. Now it says:

Film off and action: “Join” instead of ONLY “Be there”

After all, the successful mix of fresh, lively communication and gripping (social) interaction makes all the  difference. The enthusiasm for a long-term ergonomically healthy behavior intensifies immensely. So don’t hesitate to be your own director or to play the lead role in your own live movie. Let yourself be carried away by this game!

How does it work? Easy! Keep your smartphone across (director), throw in T-Pose (actor), press “recording” and  everything is in the box: separate movements or entire processes – from individuals to several colleagues to complete departments.

The shooting is not running as desired? Because the motor processes are not optimally staged? The protagonists do not appear completely, the 60 seconds of film time are not exhausted or even exceeded? Don’t  make it! From saving all videos to individual post-processing to the chronological sequence of several sequences, nothing is left to be desired.

 Smart thanks to central automation

By the way, thisalso applies to all runs when editing the videos. Whether the digital provision of technical information for better ergonomic understanding, the paid order and evaluation or the film ingessay itself: All processes run completely automatically and centrally via the app, ultimately end up directly at the right contact person. In plain language: the video clip for analysis by the  Triforx  / HTWK team in Leipzig, the data for the invoice at the IGR.

From now on, the complex conversion of (film) files is as much a thing of the past as sending numerous mails to different contacts. Even preliminary discussions with external ergonomics consultants  are no longer mandatory, but are possible if necessary. In times of “Social  Distancing” a big plus.

Promote health, not endanger it

That’s the basic tenor of the app. The methodology of HUMEN® dynamics is therefore based on current scientific findings from the disciplines of work science, medicine and physiotherapy. The results from the ergonomic analysis and evaluation come from the respective specialists.

Did you know? The application of the app not only protects your health, but also your sensitive user data: GDPR and  secure encryption on secure servers are mentioned here as keywords. Last but not least:

 Wirbelix helps with wit & in color

Who, please, is that? We introduce (who don’t know him yet): Wirbelix – cartoon character, mascot and expert, virtual assistant. Loosely explaining, he guides through the program, eliminating not only ambiguities but also possible digital uncertainties or fears of contact. With his clever, almost cool manner, he brings everyone on board without exception – from the “Digital Natives” to the “Boomers”. In short:

Health is really fun!

The app HUMEN® dynamics offers a motivating introduction to the (digital) world of workplace health promotion: fast, easy, “low-threshold” – for ALL generations. This is precisely what benefits both sides: employers, but also employees. So, what are you waiting for? Give your health management a digital up-grade, add the mobile app  HUMEN®  dynamics!

Questions, wishes, suggestions or suggestions? We at the IGR are here for you! 

 Or in the download:

Nuremberg in February

Online, as it has already established itself as a standard in recent months and, because we look to the future with hope(!), after the summer holidays again as a presence seminar.

The possibility to conduct seminars online has proven to be quite practical and we have been able to meet the specific requirements with new formats.

In addition, we offer our training courses after the summer holidays again as a presence event. In any case, we can react flexibly to changing conditions. We always want and can always live up to the demand for healthier work! Whether at the desk or the workbench. Or at the kitchen table, if it has to be, because the home office with its special conditions requires special measures.

Next, on 14 and 15 April 2021, we will host the online course “Risk Assessment at Administrative Workplaces”