Saf Health Work.  2014 Jun;5(2):97-105. 10.1016/j.shaw.2014.04.002.

Development of a Decision Support System for Analysis and Solutions of Prolonged Standing in the Workplace

Affiliations
  • 1Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, Melaka, Malaysia. isa@utem.edu.my
  • 2Faculty of Engineering Technology, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, Melaka, Malaysia.
  • 3Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • 4Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Pahang, Malaysia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Prolonged standing has been hypothesized as a vital contributor to discomfort and muscle fatigue in the workplace. The objective of this study was to develop a decision support system that could provide systematic analysis and solutions to minimize the discomfort and muscle fatigue associated with prolonged standing.
METHODS
The integration of object-oriented programming and a Model Oriented Simultaneous Engineering System were used to design the architecture of the decision support system.
RESULTS
Validation of the decision support system was carried out in two manufacturing companies. The validation process showed that the decision support system produced reliable results.
CONCLUSION
The decision support system is a reliable advisory tool for providing analysis and solutions to problems related to the discomfort and muscle fatigue associated with prolonged standing. Further testing of the decision support system is suggested before it is used commercially.

Keyword

decision support system; discomfort; ergonomics; fatigue; prolonged standing
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