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TitleWorkplace ergonomics in lean production environments: A literature review
Author(s)Arezes, P.
Carvalho, Dinis
Alves, Anabela Carvalho
KeywordsLean production
Ergonomics
Literature review
Work organization models
Issue date2015
PublisherIOS Press
JournalWork
CitationArezes, P. M., Dinis-Carvalho, J., & Alves, A. C. (2015). Workplace ergonomics in lean production environments: A literature review. Work, 52(1), 57-70. doi: 10.3233/wor-141941
Abstract(s)BACKGROUND: Lean Production Systems (LPS) have become very popular among manufacturing industries, services and large commercial areas. A LPS must develop and consider a set of work features to bring compatibility with workplace ergonomics, namely at a muscular, cognitive and emotional demands level. OBJECTIVE: Identify the most relevant impacts of the adoption of LPS from the ergonomics point of view and summarizes some possible drawbacks for workplace ergonomics due to a flawed application of the LPS. The impacts identified are focused in four dimensions: work pace, intensity and load; worker motivation, satisfaction and stress; autonomy and participation; and health outcome. This paper also discusses the influence that the work organization model has on workplace ergonomics and on the waste elimination previewed by LPS. METHODS: Literature review focused LPS and its impact on occupational ergonomics conditions, as well as on the Health and Safety of workers. The main focus of this research is on LPS implementations in industrial environments and mainly in manufacturing industry workplaces. This is followed by a discussion including the authors’ experience (and previous research). RESULTS: From the reviewed literature it seems that there is no consensus on how Lean principles affect the workplace ergonomics since most authors found positive (advantages) and negative (disadvantages) impacts. CONCLUSIONS: The negative impacts or disadvantages of LPS implementations reviewed may result from the misunderstanding of the Lean principles. Possibly, they also happen due to partial Lean implementations (when only one or two tools were implemented) that may be effective in a specific work context but not suitable to all possible situations as the principles of LPS should not lead, by definition, to any of the reported drawbacks in terms of workplace ergonomics.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/38588
DOI10.3233/wor-141941
ISSN1051-9815
Peer-Reviewedyes
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