Office Ergonomics: Practical Applications

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Overview

Moving from theory into practical reality, ergonomics has come of age as a useful tool for generating safe, comfortable, and productive working environments. Tackling both the simple and complex aspects of a variety of workplaces, Office Ergonomics: Practical Applications demonstrates how to create offices that accommodate all workers. The book contains practical advice on how to maintain an office environment that promotes a healthy, safe, and efficient workforce.

Covering workstation design, selection, layout, and use, the book details the impact of computers on worker well-being, particularly when used under unfavorable conditions, and discusses how ergonomics can accommodate disabled workers. The author emphasizes the need to offer ‘protection’ to people involved in manual handling in offices, an issue that is frequently overlooked, and offers advice on how to work satisfactorily in non-office environments. She explores the possible negative outcomes, such as back pain, headaches, and upper limb disorders, of a poorly designed workstation.

Walking you through all the features of an office, the book provides insight into the potential problem areas that workers often encounter. The book explains how to identify suitable workstation furniture, test it, trial it, and introduce the final selection so the workforce accepts it. The author draws on first-hand experience dealing with difficulties in many types of office situations to provide straightforward, easily applicable advice on how to improve the workplace to reduce the likelihood of workers experiencing discomfort, ill-health, and dissatisfaction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849379758
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 11/26/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Working Posture
Introduction
Sitting versus Standing
The Back
Posture
Maintenance and Monitoring of Good Postures
Summary
The Design of Workstation Furniture
Introduction
Desks
Partitions
Chairs
Accessories
Summary
Workstation Trials
Introduction
Task analysis
Trials
The Roll-Out
Summary
Computer Use
Introduction
Desktops
Flat Screens
Laptops
Wireless Technology
Out-of-Office Working
Summary
Screen Displays
Introduction
Memory
Displays
Summary Input Devices
Introduction
Keyboards
Mouse
Touchpads
Trackball
Joystick
Touchscreens
Graphics Tablets
Voice Recognition Software
General Design Requirements
Summary
Organizational Issues
Introduction
Job Design
Work Rate
Rest breaks
Overtime
Incentives
Motivation
Shift Work
Compressed Working Week
Managing Change
Summary
Training
Introduction
The Trainees
Training Methods
The Course
Alternative Approaches
Making Training More Effective
After the Course
Summary
The Environment
Introduction
Noise
Lighting
Thermal Comfort
Summary Manual Handling
Introduction
Manual Handling Injuries
Reducing the Risk
Training
Summary
Work-Related Ill Health
Introduction
Upper Limb Disorders
Responding to ULDs
Backache
Visual Fatigue
Stress
Summary Disability
Introduction
Workstation Arrangements
Computer Work
General Environment
Summary
Risk Assessment
Introduction
Sample Checklists
Case Studies
References

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