Design and implementation of a database for safety and ergonomics in engineering research labs

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Abstract

Workplace safety and ergonomic risks exist in almost any work environment. In laboratories, workers are at risk of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) and other injuries due to repetitive and static motions and adverse environmental conditions. For this reason, safety and ergonomics within laboratories are becoming extremely important to minimize risks for experimenters. This paper proposes a framework for assessing occupational risks in engineering research labs and develops a database system for safety and ergonomics. The database provides lab users with an efficient way for storing and retrieving data. A conceptual model for the database was created using Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD). Data was collected using surveys, manual assessments, lab records, and other sources. Safety data was obtained through an assessment conducted by the Safety Committee and ergonomic data was obtained by an assessment conducted by the research team. The database was implemented in Microsoft Access® and tables were created for lab information, safety and ergonomics, lab equipment, materials, and research activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication6th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Kuala Lumpur, IEOM 2016
PublisherIEOM Society
Pages701-706
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780985549749, 9780985549756
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventIEOM Detroit Conference, IEOM 2016 - Southfield, United States
Duration: Sep 23 2016Sep 25 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
ISSN (Electronic)2169-8767

Other

OtherIEOM Detroit Conference, IEOM 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySouthfield
Period9/23/169/25/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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