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Thammasart University
Pathumthani, Thailand
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Ergonomics and Safety Solutions: Overview

       Ergonomics was firstly introduced in Thailand in the late 1960s. Since then, ergonomics has been taught in several undergraduate programs such as industrial engineering, occupational health and safety, industrial design, sports science, industrial psychology, and physical rehabilitation. After some 30 years, these academic programs have produced a number of graduates who are now working as practitioners and educators, both in the government and private sectors.

       After several years of effort to promote ergonomics (by ergonomists and industrial hygienists) and the strife to be competitive in international trade and industry, the Thai Government began to recognize that ergonomics is an essential tool that helps to improve workplace conditions and to enhance workers' safety. The Ministry of Industry, through the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), has appointed a technical committee to liaise with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) regarding ergonomics standards activities. The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare also plays an important role in making certain that industrial workplaces are safe and work conditions are suitable for workers based on ergonomics principles. The National Institute for the Improvement of Working Conditions and Environment (NICE) has been for more than 10 years very active in organizing ergonomics training programs to train safety inspectors nationwide. In 2001, the Ergonomics Society of Thailand (EST) was officially established. One mission of EST is to promote the practice of ergonomics among Thai industries. There are several reasons why ergonomics may not be widely known and/or accepted by industries. The number of graduate in this field and other related fields may not be enough when considering a large number of industrial workplaces in the country. The number of university faculty members who are qualified to teach and do research in ergonomics is relatively small, which subsequently limits the offering of ergonomics as a required course in the above academic programs. Available documents and/or tools to assist industrial practitioners effectively implement ergonomics are scarce. It is also noticed that research results and recommendations are difficult to implement in the real workplace.

        The Ergonomics and Safety Solutions (ESS) group aims to bridge a gap between the academia and industry by developing practical tools and/or methods to help industrial practitioners, who are interested in ergonomics but lack needed educational background, training, and work experience, effectively apply ergonomics principles and guidelines to improve overall work conditions. Inexpensive tools/methods that are easy to use/follow and provide ergonomics and safety solutions that are reasonably accurate within a short amount of time are the primary output of the ESS group.

Noise Manager
Assessment and Management of Industrial Noise Problems Software
        Noise Manager version 1.0, written in Visual Basic Application (VBA) on Microsoft Excel, is specially developed for helping safety engineers to control and prevent industrial nois problems. Noise Manager can calculate the combined noise level at any location, draw noise contour map, approximate the noise level of machines without being shutdown, schedule worker-machine assignment, locate appropriate alarm devices, and more! Noise Manager currently consists of 8 and is freely available.
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Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12121, Thailand