Special Issue "Ergonomics and Sustainability"

A special issue of Safety (ISSN 2313-576X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Larisa Ivascu
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
1. Faculty of Management in Production and Transportation, Politehnica University of Timisoara, 14 Remus Str., 300191 Timisoara, Romania
2. Research Center in Engineering and Management, Politehnica University of Timisoara, 14 Remus Str., 300191 Timisoara, Romania
Interests: risk management; sustainability; strategic management; organizational management; environmental management; digital economy; energy
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The importance of sustainability has grown and spread in recent years, being addressed in most industries. This Special Issue reflects the relationship between ergonomics and human factors and sustainability. Research indicates the meaning of the term “sustainability” has changed and evolved over time. Starting from the protection of the environment, this concept has undergone different evolutions, involving consumption and production, efficient use of resources, transportation, production and supply of energy, waste and recycling, and the development of competitive services. Human characteristics, behavior and performance, and human interactions with technology are vital elements of these. There is a natural synergy between sustainability and ergonomics, in order to understand and optimize the results of human–machine–environment interactions. The benefits of health and safety at work are found in corporate social responsibility, part of the sustainable development component. The ergonomics of workplaces and health of employees contribute to the sustainable development of organizations. Thus, ergonomics and sustainability are intertwined, leading to a bidirectional relationship.

Dr. Larisa Ivascu
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. Safety is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly 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 1600 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

  • Product and process ergonomics
  • Transport
  • Energy production and supply
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Waste management
  • Industrial ergonomics
  • Ergonomics for sustainable workplaces
  • Human resource management
  • Engineering and training program in ergonomics
  • Workplace management
  • Sustainable development
  • Corporate social responsibility

Published Papers (3 papers)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:

Research

Jump to: Review

Article
A Study on the Performance Evaluation Criteria and Methods of Abdominal Ultrasound Devices Based on International Standards
Safety 2021, 7(2), 31; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7020031 - 27 Apr 2021
Viewed by 1724
Abstract
The medical diagnostic ultrasound market has grown steadily in recent years, thanks to the increasing popularity of minimally invasive surgery among patients and active investments in the medical ultrasound market. In addition, the diagnostic ultrasound market is expected to continue to grow in [...] Read more.
The medical diagnostic ultrasound market has grown steadily in recent years, thanks to the increasing popularity of minimally invasive surgery among patients and active investments in the medical ultrasound market. In addition, the diagnostic ultrasound market is expected to continue to grow in the global market, given the importance of ultrasound and ongoing technological developments. In the case of the gallbladder, cases of gallstones and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, all of which can be diagnosed with abdominal ultrasound, the number of domestic patients continues to increase every year. The safety of abdominal ultrasound has also been improved due to the national health insurance expanding its coverage to include gallstones and diseases such as those of the liver and gallbladder. However, no standards by which the performance of abdominal ultrasound can be evaluated have been explicitly established. Therefore, we aimed to assess the performance of abdominal ultrasound using criteria such as sound output level, operating frequency accuracy, resolution, maximum display depth, distance accuracy, time accuracy, and blood flow velocity accuracy. These criteria were derived by investigating the principles of ultrasound and the characteristics and structure of transducers, as well as by analyzing the specifications of abdominal ultrasound set by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 60601-2-37. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ergonomics and Sustainability)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Article
Health, Physical Activity and Musculoskeletal Symptoms among Stone, Sand, and Gravel Mine Workers: Implications for Enhancing and Sustaining Worker Health and Safety
Safety 2020, 6(4), 52; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety6040052 - 14 Nov 2020
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 3356
Abstract
There is little data delineating relationships between health and worker musculoskeletal symptoms (MSS), particularly among stone, sand, and gravel mine (SSGM) workers. There is also little data detailing the relationships between physical activity and MSS among these workers. A cross-sectional study using data [...] Read more.
There is little data delineating relationships between health and worker musculoskeletal symptoms (MSS), particularly among stone, sand, and gravel mine (SSGM) workers. There is also little data detailing the relationships between physical activity and MSS among these workers. A cross-sectional study using data from 459 SSGM workers was completed. Logistic regression analyses assessed relationships between health factors, physical activity, and low back, neck, shoulder, and knee MSS. Those who reported their health as very good/excellent were less likely to suffer low back and knee MSS. Those who indicated their health was poor/fair were more likely to suffer shoulder, neck, and knee MSS. Obese workers were more likely to experience knee MSS and those who smoked in the past had higher odds of neck MSS. Vigorous physical activity was mostly protective, but those performing more than 5 h of moderate physical activity each week had greater odds of shoulder and neck MSS. Given these results, workers in SSGM may benefit from targeted interventions that bolster vigorous physical activity and improve health. Further, health protection efforts need to be initiated by SSGM operations to address work issues and to sustain health as job roles and work hours impacted MSS as well. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ergonomics and Sustainability)

Review

Jump to: Research

Review
A Review of Relevant Regulations, Requirements and Assessment Methods Concerning Physical Load in Workplaces in the Slovak Republic
Safety 2021, 7(1), 23; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7010023 - 18 Mar 2021
Viewed by 2120
Abstract
This review brings an overview of the Slovak regulations concerning occupational safety and health at work (OSH) primarily considering the parameter of physical load. In addition to regulations, this article focuses on particular requirements at workplaces with an increased physical load and describes [...] Read more.
This review brings an overview of the Slovak regulations concerning occupational safety and health at work (OSH) primarily considering the parameter of physical load. In addition to regulations, this article focuses on particular requirements at workplaces with an increased physical load and describes the permissible values of the physical load (see tables). Attention is given to assessing the working posture and handling of loads. The main purpose of the evaluation is to determine the parameters of physical load, which is the first important step in the process of health risk assessment. Based on the physical load assessment and the categorization of tasks for the physical load factor in the Slovak Republic, further steps and measures should be taken to improve working conditions, to reduce the workload, number of health problems, fatigue, and ultimately to prevent accidents at work and work-related musculoskeletal diseases. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ergonomics and Sustainability)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop