Influence of Ergonomic Risk Factors on Hazard Mitigation in SMEs—A Case Study on the Use of the Network Thinking Methodology



In order to function effectively, enterprises need to define various fields of their activity [1], [2]. This includes safety criteria and the satisfaction of safety-related needs of their workers [3]. Occupational safety should be seen as a set of working conditions that enable workers to operate safely. Such conditions are defined with reference to hazards and strains associated with ergonomic risk factors. Their identification is vital for meeting employee needs and expectations [4]. An effort to ensure them should be viewed as critical for competitiveness, leading to advantageous contracts. Many benefits are a direct consequence of the trust earned by enterprises that successfully shield themselves and their partners from losses precipitated by safety deficiencies. The article attempts to find ways to employ the network thinking methodology to identify ergonomic risk factors and thus essentially contribute to improving occupational safety by mitigating ergonomic hazards.


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