A New Way to Better Work
A better way of investigating impurities and other detriments in indoor air has been
developed. A new measuring apparatus can collect data on amounts of dust, gas, vapour,
noise, vibration, or even draughts while simultaneously recording video images of work
stages. The apparatus can also be used to study aspects such as physical loadings and
heartbeat rates in work stages.
The detrimental properties of a work environment are recorded by a small measuring device
on the employee. The related data are transmitted wirelessly to a database in the
apparatus, which simultaneously controls a video recording the work stages.
Classification of the measurement data in the database permits the comprehensive analysis
of the air impurities and detriments in various work stages. The apparatus helps workplace
experts develop economical and easily applied solutions to reduce exposure to detriments.
The apparatus has been developed by VTT Automation Environment Fund . The Finnish Work
Environment Fund provided financial support for this work.
Results obtained with the new apparatus can be used to reduce work-related illnesses and
accidents. The apparatus can also be used, for instance, for particle measurements
required to maintain cleanliness in production facilities.
International experts in occupational health and production have used similar apparatus to
develop an operating model for investigating exposure, in co-operation with VTT and the
Tampere Regional Work Health Institute. The model, which will provide workplaces with new
information on health and a clean work environment, has been tested in nine workplaces in
Finland, Sweden, and Austria.
Further information: VTT Automation, Arto
tel. +358 (0)3 316 3253.