TECH DAY “Health and Safety in SMEs”
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Occupational health and safety regulations apply to all businesses, no matter how small: employers must take actions to reduce risks deriving from exposure to physical, chemical, and radiological agents. Good practices that would protect workers from occupational injuries are often ignored. The presentations will cover the main risks arising from exposure to physical agents (vibration and noise), manual material handling and good practices that can be applied with limited investment in order to reduce workers’ exposure to specific risks. These are interventions often considered as expensive both in term of costs and logistics, but that can be supported and valued by incentives and dedicated instruments: from the “INAIL” calls to the quality certifications.
The use of vibrating tools or the exposure to vibration while driving vehicles can lead to a wide range of occupational diseases. The speech will introduce basic concepts related to hand-arm and whole-body vibration, with a focus on current legislation, exposure measures, and employer mitigation actions.
Digitalisation can lead to considerable improvements in the performance of companies, particularly in occupational safety. On the other hand, it is a fact that occupational safety is more at risk in SMEs than in large enterprises. But also the adoption of digital solutions is more at risk in SMEs and this could lead to a further differentiation of safety performance. A series of digital solutions to the main hazardous situations most commonly occurring in manufacturing SMEs are proposed, highlighting their characteristics but also the factors that may hinder their adoption.
The availability of wearable systems provides the capability of a quantitative, reliable and objective measurement of workers’ activities in ecological settings, thus without affecting the normal execution of the required tasks. The actual solutions offer the chance to integrate existing approaches used in the assessment of the work-related musculoskeletal disorders within a multi-parametric framework even considering the international standards. This perspective also means developing new methodologies to collect and analyze big datasets, to be adopted for the evaluation of the physiological parameters, physical factors and the interaction within the environment.
Bando Inail – Purpose and operation. Description of the main purposes of the ISI-Inail call, a facility that helps companies invest in machinery and procedures that increase safety in the workplace. Type of eligible projects, necessary documentation and application submission procedure.
12:30 Certifications, Compliance and Incentives – Marco Rossi, Esperto Confartigianato Imprese Lecco
The speaker will give an overview on the certifying schemes, focusing on safety topic that allow the enterprises to increase the efficiency of the productive system, minimizing the social and economic costs of the “not safety” with concrete positive repercussions in terms of access to incentives, improvement of the corporate image and relations with internal and external stakeholders.
He is associate professor of mechanical and thermal measurements at Politecnico di Milano; his research focuses on the study of the human body response to hand-arm and whole body vibration, on the study of measurement uncertainty in industrial applications and on the design of instrumentation for space. He is scientific coordinator of PMI Network, PI of more than 30 research contracts in the field of mechanical and thermal measurements, director of PoliLINK@Lecco service and scientific coordinator of the Joint Research Center MATT.
Full Professor at the Dept Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. His primary interests are Industrial Sustainability with a particular focus on Energy and Resources Efficiency and Occupational Safety, and their development in the Supply Chain/Network perspective and Risk Analysis & Management. A particular focus is on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). He is author of more than 350 publications.
PhD candidate at the Dept Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. He is currently researching on the topics of Energy Efficiency and Occupational Safety with a focus on the industrial sector. After graduating in mechanical engineering at Politecnico di Milano, he worked as a Supplier Quality Engineer in the automotive sector.
He is currently Full Professor at the Department of Design of Politecnico di Milano where he is the Director of the Laboratory “Technology and Design for Healthcare (TeDH)”. His research activity exploits the synergy between design and technology and mainly consists of the design of products, systems, environments and services for the health and well-being of people using Co-Design and User-Centred Design methods combined with Ergonomics. Wearable sensors, Ergonomics, and innovative Assistive Technologies are the main applications.
He has been a business consultant at Studio Brusadelli since 2016, with the functions of budget analyst, management control and subsidized finance, with particular experience in the ISI – Inail.
He is a surveyor engineer with over ten years of experience in building and cadastral practices. He is competent in the drafting of technical reports useful for overcoming the preliminary phase of the ISI-Inail.
Since 2001 Management consulting to companies for Quality, Environment, Safety, CE Marking, Automotive, Food and Aerospace schemes. Auditor qualified for the scheme Quality and Environment. Responsible of laboratory R&D, sector paints for automotive for an US company, Technical manager of Italian company about industrial paints production sector. Quality management system manager from 1988 to 2001