My research focus is on improving the working environment. Specifically how noise, working in cold climate, and vibrations from machines affects workers' health.
The aim of my research is to improve the working environment and reduce ill health among workers. Above all, I study working environments in the construction, manufacturing and mining industries.
My research focuses on how noise, work in cold environments and vibration from machines (vehicles and handheld machines such as tiger saws, grinders, and hammers) affect the risk of injury and ill health among workers.
My current research projects focus on how noise and cold among construction workers affect the risk of cardiovascular disease and hearing impairment. I also work with a project to improve tools that help with risk assessment of vibrating machines such as different types of vehicles and handheld tools e.g. tiger saws, grinders, hammer, and chainsaws. These research projects has been made possible by grants from AFA insurance.
I am also involved in other current research projects where I map noise levels among vibrating machines that have been reconstructed to vibrate less, I also chart how vibration from vehicles and handheld tools, as well as cold exposure within different professions, have varied over the years, and I am part of the Cold Health in Northern Sweden (CHINS) research group which focus on effects of cold on the general population.
I began my research at Umeå University, at Occupational and Environmental Medicine, where I studied how noise and vibration from handheld machines (grinders and hammers) together increased the risk of hearing loss. After the dissertation, I did my post-doc in Oulu at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, where I continued my research, focusing on how cold and vibration physiologically affect our hands. After 1½ years in Finland, I moved back to Umeå University and Occupational and Environmental Medicine where I just completed a research project on vibration load among demolition workers.