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Main Title: Adapting Ergonomic Assessments to Social Life Cycle Assessment
Author(s): Chang, Ya-Ju
Nguyen, The Duy
Finkbeiner, Matthias
Krüger, Jörg
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: In Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA), the health and safety aspect of workers is usually evaluated by considering the numbers of injuries and accidents; however, the work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which dominate occupational diseases, are often neglected in SLCA since the effects do not occur immediately. Thus, the MSDs lead to increased working absences and compensation costs, and also reduced productivity of workers. To address the gap, applying ergonomic assessment is proposed since it identifies and quantifies the health risks at work based on a set of pre-defined criteria e.g. force, posture, repetition and duration, and provides the numeric results analyzing the physical load and their sources. In the study, the application of ergonomic assessment and its indicators in SLCA is displayed to screen risks and to further improve working place design.
Issue Date: 2016
Date Available: 19-Apr-2018
DDC Class: 600 Technik, Technologie
Subject(s): ergonomic assessment
health and safety
musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
Social Life Cycle Assessment
Journal Title: Procedia CIRP
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Publisher Place: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Volume: 40
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2016.01.064
Page Start: 91
Page End: 96
ISSN: 2212-8271
Appears in Collections:FG Technischer Umweltschutz / Sustainable Engineering » Publications
FG Industrielle Automatisierungstechnik » Publications

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