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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Social-Life-Cycle Assessment (S-LCA): an instrument for macro-ergonomics in a globalized world?
Author:Jens Wohland (Institute for Technology and Work, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)
Klaus J. Zink (Institute for Technology and Work, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)
Date: 2014-08-18     Track: B - Special sessions     Session: B2 - Organizational applications of human factors and sustainable development

This paper deals with the ergonomic relevance of the Social-Life-Cycle Assessment of Products (S-LCA) which was initially developed by the United Environment Programme in 2009. The S-LCA identifies social issues with an impact on stakeholders along the total life-cycle of a product. In a globalized world life-cycle aspects concerning working conditions are of growing importance. The framework and the process of the S-LCA will be discussed and first ideas linking the S-LCA with a life-cycle oriented work systems analysis will be introduced.