Optimizing occupational safety through 3-d simulation and immersive virtual reality

Ebo Kwegyir-Afful, Maria Lindholm, Sara Tilabi, Sulaymon Tajudeen, Jussi Kantola

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This paper evaluates the effectiveness of computer simulation and the immersive virtual reality (IVR) technology for occupational risk assessment improvement. It achieves this by conducting a risk assessment on a 3-D simulation of a Lithium-Ion battery (LIB) manufacturing factory. This is necessary since calls for the enhancement of occupational risk assessments continue to dominate safety improvement measures in manufacturing context. Meanwhile, industries such as aviation, mining and healthcare employ advanced versions of IVR for risks awareness with successes. However, applications for safety in manufacturing context is only at the infancy although it utilizes IVR profitably for product and production optimization issues. The study involved 19 participants who performed the assessment with the aid of a safety checklist followed by open-ended semi-structured questions and interviews. Results indicates an outstanding utilization capability of IVR for risk assessment. Furthermore, the assessment pinpoints specific safety issues in the factory that requires attention and improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors and Simulation - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors and Simulation
EditorsDaniel N. Cassenti
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783030201470
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventAHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Simulation and Modeling - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: 24 Jul 201928 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Simulation and Modeling
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.


  • 3-D simulation
  • Hazard identification
  • Immersive visual reality
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science


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