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A visualization of human physical risks in manufacutring processes using BPMN

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Author: Polderdijk, M. · Vanderfeesten, I. · Erasmus, J. · Traganos, K. · Bosch, T. · Rhijn, G, van · Fahland, D.
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Source:Teniente, E.Weidlich, M., 15th International Conference on Business Process Management, BPM 2017. 10 September 2017 through 15 September 2017, 732-743
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Identifier: 783056
doi: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-74030-0_58
ISBN: 9783319740294
Keywords: Workplace · Visualization · Occupational risk factors · BPMN extension · Process modeling · Business process management · Administrative data processing · Enterprise resource management · Factor analysis · Flow visualization · Industrial plants · Manufacture · Occupational therapy · Process design · Risk analysis · Risk assessment · Business Process · Graphical representations · Manufacturing process · Process Modeling · Schematic representations · Systematic designs · Occupational risks · Work and Employment · Healthy Living · Life · SP - Sustainable Productivity and Employability · ELSS - Earth, Life and Social Sciences


Process models are schematic representations of business processes and support analysis for process redesign. A process model may be enhanced with additional information to further improve its analytical value (e.g. costs, throughput times, etc.). To support analysis of human factors in manufacturing processes, this paper introduces a new extension that visualizes human physical risks (such as heavy lifting or repetitive work). An existing human risk analysis method is integrated with the activity elements of BPMN. This integration facilitates a process wide risk analysis of occupational risk factors. Based on this graphical representation, users can see where in the process workers may encounter physical risks that should be mitigated through process redesign. This paper reports on the systematic design of a conceptual solution which is implemented in MS Visio and then applied and evaluated in practice.