Ergonomics aspects and workload on the operators in the electric power control and operation centers: multi-case studies in Portugal and Brazil


  • Miguel Otávio Melo Universidade Federal da Paraiba
  • Luiz Bueno da Silva
  • Francisco dos Santos Rebelo


Ergonomics in Electric Power Control Centers, Workload, Human Factors


With technological advancement, tasks performed by humans are more complex, and work environments become increasingly automated. Similar to the systems developed for other industrial sectors, the automation of the electricity sector has resulted in more sophisticated equipment and requires more attention from operators, bringing the monitor and operates a growing set of equipment. This results in increased cognitive load and environments more conducive to error, which can cause failures that result in significant economic losses, physical damage, or threats to human life. This research aims to evaluate the workload of the operators in two Electric Power Control and Operation Centers, using the NASA-TLX in a multicase studies in Portugal and in the Northeast Brazil. There will be benefits to the electricity sector with new information on those activities contributing to a reduction of human error operation and better system quality

Biografia do Autor

Miguel Otávio Melo, Universidade Federal da Paraiba

Possui doutorado em Engenharia de Produção pela Universidade Federal da Paraíba (2006), mestrado em Engenharia Elétrica pela Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (1997) e graduação em Engenharia Elétrica pela Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (1976). Atualmente é pesquisador e professor colaborador da Universidade Federal da Paraíba. É um dos lideres do Grupo de Pesquisa Energia e Produção da UFPB.É revisor dos periódicos: International Journal on Production Research (UK), Produção On Line e Produto&Produção. Tem experiência nas áreas de Energia, Ergonomia e Gestão da Produção atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: Ergonomia no Setor de Energia, Sistemas de Produção, Eficiência Energética na Indústria, Qualidade de Energia Elétrica, Energia e Produção.


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Melo, M. O., da Silva, L. B., & Rebelo, F. dos S. (2017). Ergonomics aspects and workload on the operators in the electric power control and operation centers: multi-case studies in Portugal and Brazil. beroamerican ournal of ndustrial ngineering, 8(16), 35–55. ecuperado de