Determination of Assessment Elements That Restrict REBA Implementations Within Aseptic Areas. A Study Case

  • Victor Hugo Madrid-Mendoza
  • Maria Carmen Torres-Salazar
  • Areli Rizo-Aguilar
  • Viridiana Aydeé Leon-Hernandez
  • Martha Roselia Contreras-ValenzuelaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1215)


A method to determine drawbacks during REBA implementation inside aseptic areas was established employing opinions from twelve specialists. They assessed six aseptic areas. During the assessment, the specialists wore aseptic garments that difficult the observation of angles adopted by workers during job tasks, load demands and work cycles; information needed to achieve REBA. The method determines critical drawbacks through establish the procedure elements required to implement REBA, define ten main drawbacks, determine critical drawback items using a determination matrix, finally a procedure to implement REBA inside aseptic areas was proposed. It includes changes in the way of measure angles adopted by body segments and work task analysis.


Human factors Risk evaluation REBA Ergonomic interventions 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor Hugo Madrid-Mendoza
    • 1
  • Maria Carmen Torres-Salazar
    • 1
  • Areli Rizo-Aguilar
    • 1
  • Viridiana Aydeé Leon-Hernandez
    • 1
  • Martha Roselia Contreras-Valenzuela
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma del Estado de MorelosCuernavacaMexico

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