A visualization of human physical risks in manufacturing processes using BPMN

Melanie Polderdijk, Irene Vanderfeesten, Jonnro Erasmus, Kostas Traganos, Tim Bosch, Gu van Rhijn, Dirk Fahland

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Process models are schematic representations of business processes and support analysis for process redesign. A process model may be enhanced with additional information to further improve its analytical value (e.g. costs, throughput times, etc.). To support analysis of human factors in manufacturing processes, this paper introduces a new extension that visualizes human physical risks (such as heavy lifting or repetitive work). An existing human risk analysis method is integrated with the activity elements of BPMN. This integration facilitates a process wide risk analysis of occupational risk factors. Based on this graphical representation, users can see where in the process workers may encounter physical risks that should be mitigated through process redesign. This paper reports on the systematic design of a conceptual solution which is implemented in MS Visio and then applied and evaluated in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Process Management Workshops - BPM 2017 International Workshops, Revised Papers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319740294
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event15th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2017) - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 Sep 201715 Sep 2017
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


Conference15th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2017)
Abbreviated titleBPM 2017
Internet address


  • BPMN extension
  • Business process management
  • Occupational risk factors
  • Process modeling
  • Visualization
  • Business Process Management


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