An Ergonomic Program in a Chemical Plant of Rhodia/Solvay in Brazil

  • Valmir AzevedoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 825)


Since 2002, an ergonomic program, assumed by the management of the industrial site, including the participation of employees, being done comes to identify, analyze, solve and control ergonomic risk factors at work. The steps of the ergonomic process are: 1. training of the employees in ergonomics (main concepts, risk factors identification, simplified and some advanced methods of ergonomic analysis, record activities/tasks; discussion and choice of solutions, action plan, implementation of solution, follow-up); 2. formation of the working group by plant; 3. identification of activities with potential risk to cause damage to health; 4. ergonomic analysis of activities/tasks at workplace and photo/filming of them; 5. discution of collected data, seeing photos/films and classification of risk degree, in group; 6. discussion and choice of solutions in group; 7. elaboration of technical report; 8. fill indicator «ergostatus» ; 9. elaboration of action plan by the team of the plant; 10. implementation of solution; 11. follow-up after implementation of solution; 12. update the indicator. The main achievements were: office furniture adequacy; labs furniture and practices adequacy; elimination of manual lifting to loads >20 kg; mounting of several mechanical lifting load devices; installation of force reduction devices in valves; automation of processes (ex.: filling and charging barrels at logistic; silica amorphous packing); improvement of management of equipments (forklifts in logistic); the initiative of each area or plant to identify and eliminate ergonomic risk factors (nowadays each area or plant has an employee in charge of ergonomics issues).


Ergonomics Chemical Plant Worker’s participation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rhodia SolvayPaulíniaBrazil
  2. 2.Unicamp UniversityCampinasBrazil

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