IJSSH 2016 Vol.6(10): 794-798 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2016.V6.751

Ergonomic Diagnosis of a Ceramic Industry: A Case Study Using Couto's Checklist

Felipe Moreira Caland Bastos, Pedro Américo Orsano de Sousa, and Hélio Cavalcanti Albuquerque Neto
Abstract—The ceramic industry has manufactured activities which require great physical effort on the part of its employees, enabling the appearances of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. Therefore, this article aims to realize the ergonomic diagnosis of a ceramics industry in the city of Teresina/Brazil. In this way, visits were carried out to this industry, applying the Couto's checklist to perform a biomechanical characterization of the labor sector, linking the possible musculoskeletal risks. The results showed that brick and tile catcher offer a great potential for musculoskeletal risks to their workers, while other sectors have virtually no risks. Therefore, some mitigation measures are suggested, as well as an overview of future steps for ergonomic improvement of the study target company.

Index Terms—Work-related musculoskeletal disorders, ceramic industry, couto checklist.

F. C. M. Bastos and P. A. O. de Sousa are with the Department of Industrial Engineering in the Federal University of Piaui, Teresina-PI-Brazil (e-mail: fmcb88@gmail.com, pedro_aamerico@hotmail.com).
H. C. Albuquerque Neto is with the Department of Industrial Engineering in the Federal University of Piauí, Teresina 80309 Brazil (e-mail: helio@ufpi.edu.br).

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Cite: Ergonomic Diagnosis of a Ceramic Industry: A Case Study Using Couto's Checklist, "Felipe Moreira Caland Bastos, Pedro Américo Orsano de Sousa, and Hélio Cavalcanti Albuquerque Neto," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 10, pp. 794-798, 2016.

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