OptimaSteel – Better life quality and best practices in the steel industry


    OptimaSteel, a Research Fund for Coal and Steel project coordinated by INOVA+, seeks to identify and implement good practices in the Steel industry. Good practices to foster wellbeing and health will allow the employees to have a better quality of life. Motivated and healthy workers stay active and productive for longer, answering the needs of an ageing population.

    The present demographic profiles of an aged population require sustainable measurements, such as developing new ways to enable older workers to remain in the workforce. The European Commission believes that successful ageing at work goes hand to hand with implementing good practices for wellbeing – physical and mental.

    Employees who are exposed to physical risk factor – repetitive movements, and quantitatively high mental demands – work under pressure with tight deadlines, such as in the steel industry requiring urgent measurements to improve their health and work-life balance.

    OptimaSteel partners aim to identify measurements being adopted in Europe and under research that can ameliorate and implement workplace ergonomics, stress management, physical training and nutritional balance – an holistic approach will be considered to improve the quality of life of elder (55+) workers. A 9-month demonstration pilot will be taking place in Groupe PSA to validate the measurements screened and selected. It is expected to foster the adoption of selected solutions by the steel industry after the project completion.

    The project is coordinated by INOVA+ (Portugal), in partnership with Joanneum Research – Digital (Austria), European Federation for Welding, joining and Cutting (Belgium) and Groupe PSA (Portugal).

    This project is funded by the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS-2018) for the European Commission under Grant Agreement No [839990].