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Pimex: a developed visualisation tool for occupational hygiene
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5953-2165
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5907-626X
2005 (English)In: IOHA 6th International Conference, Pilansberg, South Africa, 2005Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

PIMEX involves the combination of real-time monitoring instruments with video of the worker’s activities. In the1980s the idea was developed and tested in Sweden and is now an established method used by practitioners in different countries. The goal was to develop easy-to-use, usercentered risk communication tools that should provide the user with the information needed to reduce the risks in their working life. PIMEX can now play an important role in getting the message across about hazards and risks in the workplace. The PIMEX method has been used in the following areas: • Direct intervention at workplaces to motivate and engage worker • Task analysis for understanding and controlling exposure • Production of training material • Occupational hygiene research For direct intervention, PIMEX has some important advantages. By watching recorded material, the personnel involved develop a better understanding of the connection between the situation at the workplace and the exposure that arises. This knowledge is considerably more difficult to communicate when the monitoring results are presented in reports, tables or figures. Presentation is made even easier by the fact that the results can be viewed simultaneously as the measurements are being made. This makes it possible to use the viewer’s curiosity, knowledge that supports motivation for participation in work environment development. Occupational hygienist etc. can get detailed information on exposure by the use of task analysis. That information can provide a very important basis for remedial measures. Production of training material is an area of use that makes it possible to spread the knowledge gained at one workplace to a larger circle. The medium can be video, CD or DVD. One such example on a training material is “Hazard Prevention and Control in the Work Environment: Airborne Dust” based on a WHO document. The course material was tested and evaluated in South Africa 2003. As a tool for research, PIMEX provides many opportunities. The wealth of information that is found in a picture, combined with the monitoring data from different instruments, can provide the basis for research on such topics as the connection between production parameters and exposure.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Pilansberg, South Africa, 2005.
Keywords [en]
visualisation, participation, exposure, work environment, occupational hygiene
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-2732OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:2732DiVA, id: diva2:521735
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IOHA 6th International Conference , Pilansberg, South Africa, 19-23 September, 2005, 2005
Available from: 2007-04-12 Created: 2007-04-12 Last updated: 2017-04-06Bibliographically approved

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