A major outcome of EMESRT has been to develop a comprehensive training method – the Design Operability and Maintainability Analysis Technique, or Design OMAT – which is explicitly ‘designed to accelerate the development and adoption of leading practice designs of earth-moving equipment to minimise health and safety risks’ (Simpson et. al., 2009: 30).
OMAT is a task-oriented risk assessment developed to help designers identify and understand the human factors issues associated with operating and maintaining equipment. Ideally, OMAT should be implemented at the concept stage of equipment design by original equipment manufacturers, though it can also be used on site to review newly purchased or pre-existing equipment.
It aims to ultimately eliminate design-related safety issues through strategic hazard identification, risk ranking and control selection. EMESRT member companies and original equipment manufacturers are currently using OMAT to identify and eliminate manual handling and access & egress issues of surface mining haul trucks.
This training method can be used by designers within OEMs to become more aware of ergonomic and human factors risk management issues when designing heavy earth-moving equipment for mining companies. And in becoming more aware of ergonomics and human factors perspectives, designers can be more proactive in incorporating these ideas into their designs.