The RENAULT Ergonomic Assessment Method V3: Comparing Results with the OCRA Checklist and the Strain Index Methods

  • Filipa CarvalhoEmail author
  • Susana Silva
  • Rui B. Melo
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1207)


Work related Musculoskeletal disorders affect millions of workers in Europe and cost employers billions of Euros. Concerned about this problematic, the Renault Group has developed methodologies to assess the risks associated with jobs that integrate repetitive tasks such as the Ergonomic Assessment Method V3 (EAM-v3). Bearing in mind that the assessment of certain jobs by the EAM-v3 does not seem to fully reflect the concerns and the complaints reported by the operators performing them, it seemed appropriate to evaluate these jobs with other methods available in the literature. The main objective of this study was to compare the EAM-v3 results with those obtained with the OCRA Checklist Index (OCRA) and the Strain Index (SI). Five workstations were selected and assessed with the three methods aforementioned. The results obtained showed that in 60% of the evaluated cases, the EAM-v3 was robust enough to reflect the concerns of the respective workers, since the results obtained were, at least, similar or even higher than those obtained by the OCRA and SI methods. In 40% of the cases, the EAM-v3 was less protective resulting in lower risk levels.


Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) Ergonomic work analysis Ergonomic Assessment Method V3 (EAM-v3) OCRA CHECKLIST index (OCRA) STRAIN Index (SI) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filipa Carvalho
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Susana Silva
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rui B. Melo
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.CIAUD (Centro de Investigação em Arquitetura, Urbanismo e Design), Faculdade de ArquiteturaUniversidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal
  2. 2.Laboratório de Ergonomia, Faculdade de Motricidade HumanaUniversidade de LisboaCruz QuebradaPortugal
  3. 3.RENAULT CACIA, Fábrica do Grupo RENAULTAveiroPortugal

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