How consumer technology is empowering workers to enhance their own health

Autori/Curatori Eliseo Sciarretta
Anno di pubblicazione 2020 Fascicolo 2020/1 Lingua Inglese
Numero pagine 14 P. 112-125 Dimensione file 158 KB
DOI 10.3280/SES2020-001009
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FrancoAngeli è membro della Publishers International Linking Association, Inc (PILA)associazione indipendente e non profit per facilitare (attraverso i servizi tecnologici implementati da l’accesso degli studiosi ai contenuti digitali nelle pubblicazioni professionali e scientifiche

This contribution focuses on how technologies can be used to allow workers to gain more control over their working conditions and above all health conditions within the work environment, where digital tools are changing processes and redefining activities. In the first par-agraph the author introduces the concept of empowerment of the person, trying to shape it in the specific context, also offering an overview of the need to guarantee safety to workers. The second paragraph is a review of the main technological solutions that can be adopted for this purpose, with an analysis of their characteristics. Finally, before the conclusion, the main problems that can slow down or stop the adoption of technological solutions to support em-powerment are discussed.

Keywords:Responsabilizzazione del lavoratore; tecnologia; inclusione; accessibilità; dispo-sitivi indossabili; occhiali intelligenti.

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Eliseo Sciarretta, How consumer technology is empowering workers to enhance their own health in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 1/2020, pp 112-125, DOI: 10.3280/SES2020-001009