The future of OSH: a wealth of chances and risks

Work 4.0–that is the new “brand name” under which Germany is discussing the ongoing changes in the world of work. The term was derived from the older “industry 4.0”, a term that is meant to describe the fourth industrial revolution, which is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. In Germany the term was first used in connection with a research project conducted within the so-called high-tech strategy of the Federal government. Yet, there is more to the transformation of work than cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing. This “more” is what we call Work 4.0 and it includes all kinds of developments at the workplace from new technologies to skilled worker shortage or precarious work, and it brings along a tremendous amount of possibilities as well as drawbacks for the competitiveness of a nation’s economy.


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The future of OSH: a wealth of chances and risks
Reinert, D. (2016), 'The future of OSH: a wealth of chances and risks', Industrial Health, 54(5), pp. 387-388.


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  • Germany
  • 2016
  • Research publication
  • health and safety
  • English
  • Industrial Health (Publisher)
  • Qualitative research
  • Open access
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