Managing OHS in Complex and Unpredictable Manufacturing Systems: Can FRAM Bring Agility?

  • Annick Melanson
  • Sylvie Nadeau
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 490)


Manufacturing environments have become complex and unpredictable socio-technical systems, and now must cope with existing occupational health and safety (OHS) risks as well as anticipate emergent ones. The subject of this study is a new safety management paradigm called resilience engineering. In a dynamic and ever-changing business environment, socio-technical systems are subject to increasing variability. In this article, we propose an application of a new and innovative systemic risk assessment method for the management of emerging risks in the manufacturing environment, namely the functional resonance analysis method (FRAM). Based on the principles of resilience engineering, this method can be used to determine how variability in daily performance could affect the system and lead to desirable or undesirable events. The results showed clearly the importance of using a risk assessment method based on the variability of performance to manage risks emerging from the changing nature of today’s manufacturing companies.


Functional resonance analysis method (FRAM) Resilience engineering Risk management Manufacturing environment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentÉcole de technologie supérieureMontrealCanada

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