The Occupational Ergonomics Handbook

The Occupational Ergonomics Handbook

by Waldemar Karwowski
     
 
Occupational ergonomics and safety studies the application of human behavior, abilities, limitations, and other characteristics to the design, testing, and evaluation of tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs, and environments for productive, safe, comfortable, and effective use. Occupational Ergonomics Handbook provides current, comprehensive knowledge in

Overview

Occupational ergonomics and safety studies the application of human behavior, abilities, limitations, and other characteristics to the design, testing, and evaluation of tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs, and environments for productive, safe, comfortable, and effective use. Occupational Ergonomics Handbook provides current, comprehensive knowledge in this broad field, providing essential, state-of-the-art information from nearly 150 international leaders of this discipline. The text assesses the knowledge and expertise applied to industrial environments:

  • Providing engineering guidelines for redesigning tools, machines, and work layouts
  • Evaluating the demands placed on workers by current jobs
  • Simulating alternative work methods
  • Determining the potential for reducing physical job demands based on the implementation of new methods.

Topics also include:

  • Fundamental ergonomic design principles at work
  • Work-related musculoskeletal injuries, such as cumulative trauma to the upper extremity (CTDs) and low back disorders (LBDs), which affect several million workers each year with total costs exceeding $100 billion annually
  • Current knowledge used for minimizing human suffering, potential for occupational disability, and related worker's compensation costs
  • Working conditions under which musculoskeletal injuries might occur
  • Engineering design measures for eliminating or reducing known job-risk factors
  • Optimal manufacturing processes regarding human perceptual and cognitive abilities as well as task reliability
  • Identifying the worker population affected by adverse conditions
  • Early medical and work intervention efforts
  • Economics of an ergonomics maintenance program
  • Ergonomics as an essential cost to doing business.

Ergonomics intervention includes design for manufacturability, total quality management, and work organization. Occupational Ergonomics Handbook demonstrates how ergonomics serves as a vital component for the activities of the company and enables an advantageous cooperation between management and labor. This new handbook serves a broad segment of industrial practitioners, including industrial and manufacturing engineers; managers; plant supervisors and ergonomics professionals; researchers and students from academia, business, and government; human factors and safety specialists; physical therapists; cognitive and work psychologists; sociologists; and human-computer communications specialists.

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Provides a source of applied ergonomics knowledge useful to a large number of practitioners who strive to improve product and process quality, worker health and safety, and productivity in a variety of industries and businesses. One hundred eleven chapters discuss background, foundation of ergonomics knowledge, musculoskeletal disorders (engineering factors), administrative controls, organizational design, environmental issues, and the working environment. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780849326417
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/18/1998
Series:
Occupational Ergonomics Handbook, Second Edition Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
2088
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 10.27(h) x 3.26(d)

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