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Designing for Workplace Safety: Exploring Interactive Textiles as Personal Alert Systems
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
BORIS Design Studio, Sweden.
BORIS Design Studio, Sweden.
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Digital Systems, Industrial Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9363-1981
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2020 (English)In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Association for Computing Machinery , 2020, p. 53-65Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Despite various safety regulations and procedures, work accidents remain a significant problem in the global process industry and the Swedish steel industry. To address personal safety and safety culture, wearable alert systems were prototyped and tested with steelworkers in iterative workshops. A resulting design concept, in the form of an interactive textile patch worn on the protective gear, suggests a simple way of transmitting personal alerts using light. A crucial design factor identified is to enable the communication between workers and peers as well as communicating with control room staff. The visual design can positively influence the acceptance of the patch, but its impact on the safety culture cannot yet be assessed. The present study contributes by approaching workplace safety and culture with a new design concept of IoT and e-textile technologies based on the interaction modalities of light, sound, and vibration

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Association for Computing Machinery , 2020. p. 53-65
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smart textiles, occupational safety and health, personal protective equipment, wearables, safety culture, embodied interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-44552DOI: 10.1145/3374920.3374932OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-44552DiVA, id: diva2:1415254
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Fourteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction•
Available from: 2020-03-17 Created: 2020-03-17 Last updated: 2023-05-16Bibliographically approved

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