Most beekeepers receive numerous stings a year. This is a problem, not only because it is painful but also because the risk of anaphylatic shock tends to increase with exposure, i.e. the reactions get worse over time. The purpose of this research is to apply production engineering, risk management and safety engineering principles to reduce health risks in this industry. Our objective is zero bee stings. This is a complex issue because safety is obtained not only via the personal protective equipment (veil, gloves, etc.) but by the processes that beekeepers apply. Hence we need to address the human behaviour part of the equation. This also crosses over into knowledge management.
This project is open to a ME student, but not someone who is allergic to stings!