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Ergonomic design of a cooling vest in deep and ultra-deep mining environments


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Ngô, Valérie Tuyêt Mai, Nadeau, Sylvie et Hallé, Stéphane. 2017. « Ergonomic design of a cooling vest in deep and ultra-deep mining environments ». Occupational Ergonomics, vol. 13, nº S1. pp. 115-126.
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BACKGROUND: Ever deeper mining is exposing workers to increasing heat and humidity, which can threaten their health and safety. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this research is to create a matrix of criteria that will eventually be used to design a personal cooling vest that will meet the needs and wants of miners. METHODS: A literature review was done to identify the constraints and requirements of miners in ultra-deep mining conditions; a field study was conducted in which information was acquired by measurement (temperature, humidity), observation (work rate) and semi-directed interviews of a convenience sample, 20 volunteer participants (age, weight, height, shirt size, personal protective equipment currently worn and opinion about a cooling vest). The data was then structured, compiled and interpreted to create a matrix. RESULTS: Participants were found to be in the >> 50% percentile of the population regarding weight and height. All reacted positively to the idea of a cooling vest to help in their work. A matrix containing nine users and seven design-related criteria was created. CONCLUSIONS: The matrix must still be tested as to its validity. Its usage could then be extended to other fields of work in which heat is a health and safety concern for workers.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
Nadeau, Sylvie
Hallé, Stéphane
Affiliation: Génie mécanique, Génie mécanique
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 15:59
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2020 17:43

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