Workers experiencing high levels of stress may suffer from poor motivation, low level of attention, and physical disorders which, in turn, may lead to work injuries. Respiratory frequency (fR) is considered one of the most reliable indicators of the mental load and fatigue state of workers. Monitoring this parameter through wearable devices represents an efficient solution for the maintenance of Occupational Health and Safety. We developed an innovative wearable system equipped with flexible sensors based on fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) to monitor fR in static and dynamic conditions characterizing occupational settings. This article provides a description of the system and of the metrological characteristics of the flexible sensors in terms of response to strain and temperature changes, and hysteresis error. The performances of the device, evaluated in a laboratory during the execution of tasks mimicking real work activity, are also reported. The obtained promising results encourage the engineering of the system for use in real workplaces to collect quantitative information on the psychophysical state of workers and its relation to stress level.

A Wearable System Based on Flexible Sensors for Unobtrusive Respiratory Monitoring in Occupational Settings

D'Alesio G.;Filosa M.;Massari L.;Aliperta A.;Carrozza M. C.;Oddo C. M.;
2021

Abstract

Workers experiencing high levels of stress may suffer from poor motivation, low level of attention, and physical disorders which, in turn, may lead to work injuries. Respiratory frequency (fR) is considered one of the most reliable indicators of the mental load and fatigue state of workers. Monitoring this parameter through wearable devices represents an efficient solution for the maintenance of Occupational Health and Safety. We developed an innovative wearable system equipped with flexible sensors based on fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) to monitor fR in static and dynamic conditions characterizing occupational settings. This article provides a description of the system and of the metrological characteristics of the flexible sensors in terms of response to strain and temperature changes, and hysteresis error. The performances of the device, evaluated in a laboratory during the execution of tasks mimicking real work activity, are also reported. The obtained promising results encourage the engineering of the system for use in real workplaces to collect quantitative information on the psychophysical state of workers and its relation to stress level.
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