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Contemporary Ergonomics 1984-2008
Selected papers and an overview of the Ergonomics Society Annual Conference

Edited By

Philip D. Bust

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ISBN 9780415804349
Published April 15, 2009 by Taylor & Francis
694 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.