IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Acceptability, Acceptance and Assessment of Exoskeletons in the Agrifood Sector Through an Interdisciplinary Approach


In Québec, every year, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect more than 45,000 workers in all activity sectors (source: There are various ways to prevent their occurrence, including using exoskeletons, a technology that has been generating a great deal of interest. The use of exoskeletons has the potential to improve the health of workers and the productivity of organizations. However, given the current state of knowledge, it is dificult to advise safety practitioners on how to support organizations that want to introduce exoskeletons. Few studies show the effects of exoskeletons in the workplace on workers’ health, particularly in the long term.

This project will assess the acceptabiity of exoskeletons in the workplace. The term acceptability refers to whether or not workers intend to use them.

The research team will also assess workstations and identify tasks that could benefit from the use of an exoskeleton. Their acceptance during implementation trials at workstations will also be assessed. The term acceptance refers to the actual use of the technology. The researchers will test a biomechanical measurement protocol to analyze the reduction of MSD risk factors in the workplace.