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 Preface 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. Muller, 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. Correa-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. Jarvelin 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. Sogaard 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. Marquie & 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. Nasman & 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 U. 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