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Document ID (ISN)112477
CIS number 12-0070
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brown G.D., O'Rourke D.
Title Lean manufacturing comes to China: A case study of its impact on workplace health and safety
Bibliographic information July-Sep. 2007, Vol.13, p.249-257. Illus. 19 ref.
Internet access Lean_manufacturing_comes_to_China_[BUY_THIS_ARTICLE] [in English]
Abstract Lean manufacturing, which establishes small production teams of workers, who complete an entire product from raw material processing through final assembly and shipment, increases health and safety hazards by mixing previously separated exposures to various chemicals (with possible additive and cumulative effects) and noise. The intensification of work leads to greater ergonomic and stress-related adverse health effects, as well as increased safety hazards. However, the standard industrial hygiene approach of anticipation, recognition, evaluation and hazard control remains applicable to lean operations. This article presents the findings of a study aimed at evaluating the impact of lean manufacturing in a sports shoe factory in China employing 13,000 workers.
Descriptors (primary) China; work organization; conditions of work; shoe industry; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) noise; non-ionizing radiation; hot workplaces; work posture; ergonomics; workers' participation; mechanical hazards; chemical hazards; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Footwear, leather and fur industry