SERA: A Digital Risk Management Tool as the Basic of OSHM
Purpose of the article is to present “Safety and Ergonomic Risk Assessment”, SERA as a new digital overall risk assessment tool in the field of occupational safety and health management. This method will be used for the first time in the automotive industry and will close the existing gap in the overall risk and stress assessment.
Methodology/methods In order to clarify the research questions, a qualitative research based on a comprehensive literature review of the legal and normative requirements for OSH risk management tools was conducted, with a complementary requirements mapping in the context of expert discussions and a benchmarking of existing digital solutions, the framework for the development of a digital solution was created.
Scientific aim of the research was proposed to find the best possible method for the overall risk management of hazards and stresses in production workplaces or to close the existing gap in this respect.
Findings Due to existing research and market gap, a self-development was indispensable. Therefore, in the context of the expert discussions with 15 participants, a requirements concept was developed within 10 workshops, based on this concept an Excel-based demonstrator version was developed, tested, and optimized with more than 120 users. Finally, a web-based software was developed on this basis within an agile approach.
Conclusions SERA, like every other digital solution, should be enhanced to better serve users. The capacity of observers to identify stresses due to repeated assembly activities is limited. Use of sensor technology might considerably increase the system’s efficacy and objectivity. Connectivity to mobile devices might be explored since the application is Windows-based. SERA can be applied in all industries in production, especially when the repetitive activities play a major role, but for the sectors in which the hazards’ short-term impacts are more significant, system adaptability should be explored.
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