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Advances in Ergonomics, Human Factors and Safety for Occupational Health

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 610

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ALGORITMI Centre, Production and Systems Department, School of Engineering, University of Minho, 4800 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: occupational ergonomics; occupational safety and health; human factors

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1. ALGORITMI Centre, School of Engineering, Production and Systems Department, University of Minho, 4800 Guimarães, Portugal
2. DTx Digital Transformation Colab, 4800 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: biomechanics; applied ergonomics; occupational safety and hygiene; human-centric design
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, society and organizations have experienced numerous transformations caused by scientific and technological advancements and by the growing concern with worldwide sustainability. Emerging concepts and technologies, such as human–robot collaboration (HRC), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), cyber-physical systems (CPSs), the Internet of Things (IoT) and nanotechnology, will constitute the future working systems. These provide more efficient, more flexible, and higher-quality products, but they also require the reorganization of work, with a potential negative impact on workers’ health and safety.

In parallel, the aging and eventual physical and cognitive limitations of workers may cause occupational health problems (e.g., work-related musculoskeletal disorders), for which conventional workplaces and technologies are not always adequate. Therefore, it is crucial to create customizable human-centric workplaces tailoring to workers’ characteristics and their possible health limitations.

These issues emphasize the need for technology to be advanced, together with human involvement and empowerment. In the future, successful working systems will only be possible if the socio-technical systems are properly aligned with human factors.

Safety and human well-being are the main challenges in this context, and in-depth research is still required, mainly in occupational environments, to test and validate the implementation of these novel technologies. 

This Special Issue aims to address possible occupational health problems and occupational risk using techniques developed in the fields of human–machine interaction, ergonomics and health. 

Dr. Paula Machado De Sousa Carneiro
Dr. Ana Sofia de Pinho Colim
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • biomechanics
  • human factors and ergonomics
  • human–machine interaction
  • aging workforce
  • exoskeletons
  • collaborative robotics
  • virtual/augmented reality
  • risk assessment
  • risk perception
  • occupational safety and health

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