Manual Materials Handling (MMH) and working in awkward postures are stillimportant causes of MSDs. Proper ergonomic conditions can contribute to reduceabsence from work, and are important prerequisites to ensure high quality andproductivity. Risk assessment can be used to improve the working conditions byidentifying important risk factors and support communication between key stakeholdersin order to improve the working conditions.
This paper presents an ongoing project called RAMP (Risk management Assessmenttool for Manual handling Proactively), reported e.g. at NES 2011. The aim of theproject is to develop a freely accessible load ergonomic risk assessment tool and to gainknowledge of contributing factors for implementation and usability of such a tool. TheRAMP-tool is developed for assessing risk of MSDs, support communication of themain risk factors among stakeholders and support effective interventions. The project,mainly financed by AFA Insurance, is conducted in collaboration between KTH andcompanies in the manufacturing industry, mainly Arla Foods and Scania CV.
This far an overview of risk assessment tools which can be used to assess MMHactivities and potentially be used by companies or OSH personnel has been performedincluding e.g. KIM, QEC, ART Tool, SES and Washington State Checklist. Interviewswith companies in the manufacturing industry have been performed to gain insight ofthe companies’ use of risk assessment tools and their perception of their usability.
The tool consists of two levels, RAMP I and RAMP II. The first level is intended forquick screening of work stations of occurrence (or not) of risk factors. If the screeningindicates an occurrence of a risk factor, a more thorough analysis with the second levelcould be performed. RAMP II can be used for a more detailed analysis of the exposureto risk factors and point out the direction of possible improvements in order to reducethe exposure.A first prototype of the RAMP I has been evaluated by users, including managers,health and safety representatives, OSH personnel and workers. The tool will be furtherevaluated and refined after feedback from users. A preliminary version of the RAMP Iwill be presented at the conference and also preliminary results from the user tests.
Stockholm, Sweden, 2012. 14- p.
The 44th International the Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference, NES2012, in Saltsjöbaden, Stockholm, Sweden, August 19-22