Advanced robotics and automation: What is it and what is the impact on workers?

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The introduction of advanced robotics in workplaces is clearly changing the structure of work environments. While the automation of different work tasks unlocks benefits and opportunities that improve occupational safety and health, it also creates risks.
This policy brief outlines person-related (cognitive and physical) and object-related tasks for different jobs and sectors that are most affected by robotic system automation. It further gives examples of the opportunities and risks associated with various work environments.
The policy brief concludes by recommending that employers take responsibility to assess the potential benefits and risks of automation, and actively involve workers in the adaptation of robotic systems through reskilling and upskilling.
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