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Process operator students’ abilities to assess OSH risks

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design II (IHSED2019)
Subtitle of host publicationFuture Trends and Applications, September 16-18, 2019, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Munich, Germany
EditorsTareq Ahram, Waldemar Karwowski, Stefan Picl, Redha Taiar
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-27928-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-27927-1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2019
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book
EventInternational Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications
Period1/01/00 → …


Safety competence is an important process operator skill. Due to hazardous work assignment and environments, skills in assessing the risks related to occupational safety and health (OSH) are especially important. Carrying out risk assessments can be difficult, and several problems have been identified. The aim of this study was to discover how well process operator students are able to assess OSH-related risks. Risk assessment exercises with observations were carried out for students (n = 35) in three vocational education and training (VET) organizations. The results showed that all students were able to identify at least some hazards. The students identified the most probable, high-risk, and easily observable hazards. Those with previous training or experience in work and risk assessment were more capable of identifying a wide range of risks. We conclude that successful risk assessment requires related competence, which should be developed via theoretical and practical learning during VET.


  • Hazard recognition Risk identification Risk assessment Workplace safety Manufacturing industry, Risk identification, Risk assessment, Workplace safety, Manufacturing industry

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland