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Arguments for Emerging Technologies Applications to Improve Manufacturing Warehouse Ergonomics

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Abstract

Technology has disrupted each current industry, and supply chain is not going to be an exception. Businesses are already starting to establish interconnected global networks of Cyber-Physical Systems with the help of the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing. In this context, the chapter will debate aspects related to the new challenges of reducing ergonomics risks in manufacturing warehouse logistics by valorizing emerging technologies to create workplace wellbeing. After an extended literature review regarding the relevant ergonomics approaches in warehouse logistics, there will be presented some warehouse ergonomics solutions to be considered for the next generation of logistics system. The solutions described will refer to the monitoring and improvement of the ergonomic reality. Finally, conclusions and future trends will end the chapter.

Keywords

  • Ergonomics
  • Industrial logistics
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Well-being
  • Emergent technologies
  • Innovation

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    Retrieved from: https://osha.europa.eu/en/about-eu-osha/press-room/eu-osha-presents-new-figures-costs-poor-workplace-safety-and-health-world (Access 17–04-2021).

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    As supported by EU-OHS publication available at: http://www.mtpinnacle.com/pdfs/E-fact_14_-_Hazards_and_risks_associated_with_manual_handling_in_the_workplace.pdf (Access 24–04-2021) and [42].

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    Moving and Handling Techniques, Retrieved from: http://docplayer.net/16075167-Moving-and-handling-techniques.html (Access 20–04-2021).

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    Retrieved from: https://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/tempsicures/sites/default/files/6th_european_working_conditions_survey.pdf.

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    Presented in the OSH WIKI. Retrieved from: https://oshwiki.eu/wiki/Risk_factors_for_musculoskeletal_disorders_development:_hand-arm_tasks,_repetitive_work (Access 18–04-2021).

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    Eurostat (2018). Statistics Explained, Accidents at work statistics. Retrieved from: https://enuveprod-universitatpolit.netdna-ssl.com/php_prevencionintegral/sites/default/files/noticia/45658/field_adjuntos/11539.pdf (Access 24–04-2021).

  7. 7.

    Retrieved from: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=celex%3A31989L0391 (Access 24–04-2021).

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    Retrieved from: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A31990L0270 (Access 24–04-2021).

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    Retrieved from: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A31990L0269 (Access 24–04-2021).

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    Retrieved from: https://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/osh-figures-work-related-musculoskeletal-disorders-eu-facts-and-figures.

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    As mention in the EU-OSHA document: http://www.mtpinnacle.com/pdfs/E-fact_14_-_Hazards_and_risks_associated_with_manual_handling_in_the_workplace.pdf (Access 04–05-2021).

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    https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A31990L0269 (Access 04–05-2021).

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    Retrieved from: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=celex%3A31989L0391.

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    Retrieved from: https://oshwiki.eu/wiki/Psychosocial_risks_and_workers_health (Access on 23–04-2021).

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    Retrieved from: https://pure.rug.nl/ws/files/60962213/Proceedings_of_the_Human_Factors_and.pdf (Access on 20–03-2021).

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    As mentioned at: https://www.iso.org/standard/66900.html (Access on 20–03-2021).

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    Retrieved from: https://www.eurofound.europa.eu/ (Access on 22–04-2021).

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    Retrieved from: https://www.businessinsider.in/peeing-in-trash-cans-constant-surveillance-and-asthma-attacks-on-the-job-amazon-workers-tell-us-their-warehouse-horror-stories/articleshow/64015295.cms.

  19. 19.

    As mention also in: https://cmst.be/publi/doctv.pdf.

  20. 20.

    Supported by the research retrieved from: http://oa.upm.es/43010/1/JORGE_CANCELA_GONZALEZ.pdf.

  21. 21.

    Retrieved from: https://file.scirp.org/Html/1-9201960_75953.htm (Access on 23–04-2019).

  22. 22.

    According to the analysis available at: https://blog.greencarrier.com/5-global-supply-chain-and-logistics-trends-2021/ (Access on 08–05-2021).

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    Retrieved from: https://blog.greencarrier.com/5-global-supply-chain-and-logistics-trends-2021/ (Access on 08–05-2021).

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