Office of Technology Transfer – University of Michigan

Metabolic Energy Expenditure Prediction Program

Technology #0417

Background

Worker safety and health is an important issue for many businesses. Workers that perform manual labor, such as material handling, can improve their safety, health, and efficiency by performing tasks in the most efficient manner. To date, programs that analyze manual materials-handling tasks are in use at over 2000 U.S. and international sites by ergonomists, engineers, loss-control specialists, physical and occupational therapists, researchers, and others who evaluate and design jobs.Worker safety and health is an important issue for many businesses. Workers that perform manual labor, such as material handling, can improve their safety, health, and efficiency by performing tasks in the most efficient manner. To date, programs that analyze manual materials-handling tasks are in use at over 2000 U.S. and international sites by ergonomists, engineers, loss-control specialists, physical and occupational therapists, researchers, and others who evaluate and design jobs.

Technology

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed Energy Expenditure Prediction Program (EEPP), a software which to help assure worker safety and health. EEPP estimates energy expenditure rates for material handling tasks, and is based on the assumption that a job can be divided into simple tasks (activity elements) and that the average metabolic energy rate of the job can be predicted by knowing the energy expenditure of the simple tasks and the time duration of the task. The EEPP software is a user friendly tool. It is more accurate than selecting values from a standard table and is more feasible and less costly than laboratory techniques involving measurement of oxygen consumption. It is useful in designing new jobs, comparing one job to another, and improving an existing job by identifying the particular tasks that require excess energy expenditure. The EEPP software provides an objective rate to gauge fatigue which can also be compared with NIOSH guidelines. For more information, please see EEPP.  Users are able to download EEPP via this link: EEPP Download.

Applications and Advantages

Applications

  • Estimation of energy expenditure rates for manual materials-handling tasks

Advantages

  • Summary value comparable with NIOSH guidelines
  • Easy to use
  • More accurate and less costly as compared to other currently used techniques


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