02/04/2019

3D printing and additive manufacturing - the implications for OSH

3D printing is the buzzword in innovation and the creative industry. But what
it is, exactly, remains unclear to the general public. The impact on the
well-being of the worker may be considerable. It poses new risks in terms of
job insecurity, working hours, liability, monotony and routine on the job,
keeping up with new developments by training and education, and, finally,
security risks arising from the introduction of experimental machinery.

Nevertheless, the authors in an OSHwiki article describe the everyday impact of
the 3D printer on physical safety in the workplace as limited. There will be
risks, but it is hardly to be expected that there will be new risks related to
physical safety. After all, it is just a machine that demands relatively little
manual involvement. Also, most materials used in 3D printing are known and so
are their effects on health by emission of gas, material exposures, material
handling and static electricity.

But, they conclude that the impact on the well-being of the worker may be
considerable. It poses new risks in terms of job insecurity, working hours,
liability, monotony and routine on the job, keeping up with new developments by
training and education, and, finally, security risks arising from the
introduction of experimental machinery.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work