Contemporary Ergonomics 1984-2008: Selected papers and an overview of the Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Contemporary Ergonomics 1984-2008

Selected papers and an overview of the Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, 1st Edition

Edited by Philip D. Bust

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To mark the 25th anniversary of Contemporary Ergonomics, the current and past editors have selected 4 papers from each of the years that they oversaw its publication. This collection is intended to showcase the breadth of research topics covered by the Contemporary Ergonomics series of books and to illustrate the change of focus in ergonomics research over the years.

The book also contains background information relating to the Annual Conference of the Ergonomics Society for each year, including dates, venues and personnel. The editors also give some insight into the way the format of the conference has had to change to enable the diversity of topics submitted by the ergonomists to be presented effectively.

Table of Contents

Selected Papers and and Overview of the Ergonomics Society Annual Conference

The Editors of contemporary Ergonomics 1984–2008


Application of Ergonomics

Jingle bells

M.A. Sinclair, P.G. Stroud, M.N. Thomas & P.A. Parsons

Poster Papers

“PADAS” – An ambulatory electronic system to monitor and evaluate factors relating to back pain at work

E.O. Otun, I. Heinrich, J.A.D. Anderson & J. Crooks

Human Variability

Ergonomics is kid’s stuff: The ability of primary school children to design their own furniture

M.J. Callan & I.A.R. Galer

Transport Control

Ergonomics in the lighthouse

J. Spencer


Information Technology

Touch screens: A summary report of an evaluation of improved screen layout designs

W.I. Hamilton

Cognitive Ergonomics

How intelligible is English spoken by non–native English speakers?

D. Irvine

Accident Behaviour

Slips and mistakes: Two distinct classes of human error?

J. Reason

Ergonomics and Police Detection Methods

Ergonomics and police detection methods

W.R. Harper


Keynote Addresses

Phenomena, function and design: Does information make a difference?

P. Wright

Keynote Addresses

A model of mental health and work attitudes

P. Warr

Organisational Ergonomics

Attitude surveys: An authoritarian technique masquerading as a participative process

R. Sell

Visual Processes

The role of colour in object recognition, categorization and naming

J.B. Davidoff


Keynote Addresses

The cognitive bases of predictable human error

J. Reason

Human Reliability

SHERPA: A systematic human error reduction and prediction approach

D.E. Embrey

Human Performance

Minor illnesses and performance efficiency

A. Smith & K. Coyle

Design, Simulation and Evaluation

The use of people to simulate machines: An ergonomic approach

M.A. Life & J. Long


Structural Systems Development

Soft systems approaches and their integration into the development process

P.B. Checkland

Display Design

Eye movements and the conspicuity of routing information

T. Boersema & H.J.G. Zwaga

Impact of New Technology

Introducing word processing to novice users: A study of ‘procedural’ and ‘conceptual’ approaches

M.A. Sasse, G.I. Johnson & P. Briggs

Vehicle Ergonomics

Sorry, can’t talk … just overtaking a lorry: The defi nition and

experimental investigation of the problem of driving and handsfree carphone use

M. Boase, S. Hannigan & J.M. Porter


Keynote Addresses

Accident and intention: Attitudinal aspects of industrial safety

D.V. Canter

Process Control

Flow displays of complex plant processes for fault diagnosis

K.D. Duncan, N. Praetorius & A.B. Milne

Process Control

Reduction of action uncertainty in process control systems: The role of device knowledge

S.C. Duff

Information Presentation and Acquisition

Closed circuit television and user needs

A.J. Pethick & J. Wood


Systems Integration

Eye-pointing in the cockpit

M.R. Hicks

Seating Posture and the Spine

Ergonomic evaluation of aircraft seating

A.D.J. Pinder


Altering the urgency of auditory warnings: An experimental study

E. Hellier & J. Edworthy

Introducing Ergonomics

The ergonomics audit

C.G. Drury


Speech Input and Synthesis

Voice versus manual techniques for airborne data entry correction

P. Enterkin

Noisy and Hot Environments

Human thermal responses in crowds

T.L. Braun & K.C. Parsons

Job and Workplace Design

Offi ce lighting for VDT work: Comparative surveys of reactions to parabolic and lensed-indirect systems

A. Hedge

Musculoskeletal Studies

Use of wrist rests by data input VDU operators

C.A. Parsons


Keynote Address

Causes of motion sickness

M.J. Griffi n

Drivers and Driving

A survey of car driver discomfort

J.M. Porter, C.S. Porter & V.J.A. Lee

Selection and Workstress

The occupational well-being of train drivers – An overview

R.A. Haslam

Ergonomics Applications

The importance of ergonomics in plastic surgery

D. Falcao & A. McGrath


Auditory Warnings

Alarms in a coronary care unit

N. Stanton

Health and Safety

Safe surface temperatures of domestic products

K.C. Parsons

Health and Safety

An ergonomics appraisal of the Piper Alpha disaster

W.H. Gibson & E.D. Megaw

Drivers and Driving

Carphone use and motorway driving

A.M. Parkes, S.H. Fairclough & M.C. Ashby


Occupational Health

Injury in the orchestra – The ergonomic nightmare

E. Colley

Upper Limb Assessment

R.U.L.A. – A rapid upper limb assessment tool

L. McAtamney & E.N. Corlett

General Ergonomics

The teleworking experience

B. Dooley, M.T. Byrne, A.J. Chapman, D. Oborne, S. Heywood, N. Sheehy & S. Collins

Formal Methods

Validation in ergonomics/human factors

H. Kanis



Anthropometry of children 2 to 13 years of age in the Netherlands

L.P.A. Steenbekkers

Drivers and Driving

Musculoskeletal troubles and driving: A survey of the British public

D.E. Gyi & J.M. Porter


Teaching older people to use computers: Evolution and evaluation of a course

D. James, F. Gibson, G. McCauley, M. Corby & K. Davidson

Drivers and Driving

Is risk assessment a necessary decision-making tool for all organisations?

D. Walker & S. Cox



Heat stress in night-clubs

M. McNeill & K.C. Parsons

Cognitive Quality in Advanced Crew System Concepts

Cognitive quality in advance crew system concepts: The training of the aircrew-machine team

I. MacLeod

Task Analysis

Recent developments in hierarchical task analysis

J. Annett

Risk and Error

Railway signals passed at danger – The prevention of human error

J. May, T. Horberry & A.G. Gale


The Culture of Ergonomics

The role of ergonomics in development aid programmes

T. Jafry & D.H. O’Neill

General Ergonomics

The ergonomic design of passenger safety information on trains

S. Layton & J. Elder

Health and Safety

Health and safety problems in computerised offices: The users perspective

R.M. Sharma

The Culture Ergonomics

The inter-relationship of physiotherapy and ergonomics: Standards and scope of practice

S. Hignett, E. Crumpton & L. McAtamney


Stephen Pheasant Memorial Session

The combined effects of physical and psychosocial work factors

J. Devereux

Work Stress

A risk assessment and control cycle approach to managing workplace stress

R.J. Lancaster

Design and Usability

Pleasure and product semantics

P.W. Jordan & A.S. Macdonald

Drivers and Driving

The use of automatic speech recognition in cars: A human factors review

R. Graham


Air Traffic Control

The future role of the air traffic controller: Design principles for human-centred automation

M. Cox & B. Kirwan

The Future of Ergonomics

The future of ergonomics

B. Green & P.W. Jordan

General Ergonomics

How I broke the Mackworth clock test (and what I learned)

B. Shackel

Health and Safety

Ageing, health and work: A framework for intervention

L.A. Morris


General Ergonomics

Long days and short weeks – The benefi ts and disadvantages

K.J.N.C. Rich

HCI & IT Systems

Consumer acceptance of internet services

M. Maguire


Public transport and the Dis ability Discrimination Act 1995

F. Bellerby

Product and Workplace Design

Design issues and visual impairment

K.M. Stabler & S. van den Heuvel


Health and Safety

Actions of older people affect their risk of falling on stairs

R.A. Haslam, L.D. Hill, P.A. Howarth, K. Brooke-Wavell & J.E. Sloane


The teaching of ergonomics in schools

A. Woodcock & H. Denton

Selling and Communicating Ergonomics

The costs and benefi ts of offi ce ergonomics

S. Mackenzie & R. Benedyk

Additional Papers

A profile of professional ergonomists

R.B. Stammers & E.J. Tomkinson


Hospital Ergonomics

Hospital Ergonomics: Organisational and cultural factors

S. Hignett & J.R. Wilson

Motorcycle Ergonomics

Motorcycling and congestion: Quantifi cation of behaviours

S. Robertson

Work Design

Workplace bullying: An ergonomics issue?

N. Heaton & V. Malyon


Orienting response reinstatement in text and pictorial warnings

P. Thorley, E. Hellier, J. Edworthy & D. Stephenson


Musculoskeletal Disorders

Work-related stress as a risks factor for WMSDs: Implications for ergonomics interventions

J. Devereux


The impact of work patterns on stress and fatigue among offshore worker populations

A. Burke, N. Ellis & P. Allen


How does a speech user interface affect the driving task?

E. Israelsson & N. Karlsson


Driver recognition of railway signs at different speeds – A preliminary study

G. Li, W.I. Hamilton & T. Clarke


Slips, Trips and Falls

Fall causation among older people in the home: The interacting factors

C.L. Brace & R.A. Haslam

Inclusive Design

Designing for people with low vision: Learnability, usability and pleasurability

C.M. Harrison

Occupational Health and Safety

Process ownership and the long-term assurance of occupational safety: Creating the foundations for a safety culture

C.E. Siemieniuch & M.A. Sinclair

General Ergonomics

Development of a Crowd Stress Index (CSI) for use in risk assessment

K.C. Parsons & N.D. Mohd Mahudin


Applications of Ergonomics

Reducing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders in construction workers

M. Hanson & T. Barrington

Cognitive Ergonomics

Human factors issues in airport baggage screening

A.G. Gale

Inclusive Design

Models for inclusion evidence for choice and innovation

J. Mitchell, R. Chesters & J. Middleton


Violence in the workplace – Designing out the problems

S. Broadbent, Z. Mack & L. Swinson


Control Rooms Symposium

CCTV in control rooms: Meeting the ergonomic challenges

J. Wood

Defining Ergonomics

Ergonomics advisors – A homogeneous group?

C. Williams & R.A Haslam

Design – Engage Project

Safety semantics: A study on the effect of product expression on user safety behaviour

I.C.M.A. Karlsson & L. Wikström

HCI Symposium – Access and Inclusivity

A technique for the client-centred evaluation of electronic assistive technology

G. Baxter & A. Monk


Ergonomics and Security

How visual skills and recognition ability develop with practice in airport luggage inspection

X. Liu & A.G Gale

Ergonomics in Education

One brief: Four concepts adjustable furniture for schools

P. Magee & A. Woodcock

Patient Safety and Medical Ergonomics

Why do student nurses continue to use the draglift?

L. Allen, D. Stubbs & S. Hignett

Sitting at Work

Seating problems – The missing link?

E.N. Corlett


Ageing Population

Understanding workplace design for older workers: A case study

P. Buckle, V. Woods, O. Oztug & D. Stubbs

Health and Well Being of Construction Workers

Maintenance workers and asbestos: Understanding infl uences on worker behaviour

C. Tyers & S. O’Regan

Methods and Tools

Laptops in the lecture theatre: An ergonomic focus on the critical issues

R. Benedyk & M. Hadjisimou


Ergonomics issues in a jet car crash 664

M. Gray

Author Index

About the Editor

The Ergonomics Society is the professional body for ergonomists and human factor specialists based in the United Kingdom. It also attracts members throughtout the world and is affiliated to the International Ergonomics Association. It provides recognition of competence of its members through its Professional Register.

Dr Philip D. Bust has a degree in civil engineering and twenty five years experience in construction as well as a Masters degree in human factors in manufacturing systems from Nottingham University. His experience in ergonomics includes his consultancy work, carrying out workplace assessments in manufacturing and heavy industries. Dr Bust currently works as a research associate investigating health and safety in the construction industry.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety