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Interventions, Controls, and Applications in Occupational Ergonomics

1st Edition

Edited by William S. Marras, Waldemar Karwowski

CRC Press

848 pages | 332 B/W Illus.

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Completely revised and updated, taking the scientific rigor to a whole new level, the second edition of the Occupational Ergonomics Handbook is now available in two volumes. This new organization demonstrates the enormous amount of advances that have occurred in the field since the publication of the first edition. The editors have brought together researchers from a wide range of disciplines with pioneering practitioners in industry to cover a diverse list of ergonomics topics. The second edition not only provides more information but makes it more accessible. Each individual volume narrows the focus while broadening the coverage, supplying immediate access to important information. One of the most comprehensive sources for ergonomic knowledge available, providing both sound theory and practical examples, this book is a valuable resource for anyone in the field.

Interventions, Controls, and Applications in Occupational Ergonomics begins with descriptions of the elements of the ergonomics processes, including success factors for implementation of industrial ergonomics programs. It includes coverage of injury surveillance database systems and corporate health management for the design and evaluation of health in industrial organizations, ergonomics processes from the small and large industry perspectives, and human digital modeling, as well as facilities planning and organizational design and macro-ergonomics. Additional chapters present methods and techniques for engineering control, including tried and true strategies and pitfalls to avoid, and discuss the theory and practice of ergonomics interventions in the workplace.

Using this information as a cornerstone, the book addresses the issues of medical management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, systems approach to rehabilitation, wrist splints, and application of the clinical lumbar motion monitor. It provides an overview of best practices for ergonomics intervention with respect to the design and use of chairs and office furniture, as well as design of computer keyboards and notebook computers. The book closes with discussions of the problem of medical errors, the challenge and rewards of applying ergonomics in developing areas, and the future of human work.

Table of Contents


Elements of the Ergonomic Process, Å. Kilbom and N.F. Petersson

Success Factors for Industrial Ergonomics Programs, D.C. Alexander and G.B. Orr

Practical Interventions in Industry Using Participatory Approaches, B. Silverstein, P. Spielholz, and E. Carcamo

OSHA Recordkeeping, D.J. Cochran

Psychosocial Work Factors, P. Carayon and S.-Y Lim


Injury Surveillance Database Systems, C. Stuart-Buttle

Corporate Health Management: Designing and Evaluating Health in Organizations, K.J. Zink and M.J. Thul


Ergonomics Process in Small Industry, C. Stuart-Buttle

An Ergonomics Process: A Large Industry Perspective, B.S. Joseph and S. Evans


Digital Human Modeling for Computer-Aided Ergonomics, X. Zhang and D.B. Chaffin

Design for Ergonomics: Facilities Planning, S. Konz

Organizational Design and Macroergonomics, B.M. Kleiner


Engineering Controls - What Works and What Does Not, C. Hamrick

General Knowledge Regarding Engineering Controls, R.W. Marklin

Design and Evaluation of Handtools, R.G. Radwin

Low Back Disorders: General Solutions, C. Stuart-Buttle

Ergonomic Assist and Safety Equipment - An Overview, G. Buer

Gloves, R.R. Bishu, V. Gnaneswaran, and A. Muralidhar

Wrist and Arm Supports, C.M. Sommerich

Lower Extremity Supports, K.E.K. Lewis


Administrative Controls as an Ergonomic Intervention, J.M. Deeb

Worker Selection for Physically Demanding Jobs, V. Louhevaara, J. Smolander, and A. Ropponen

Training Lifting Techniques, S.A. Lavender

Secondary Intervention for Low Back Pain, S.H. Snook

Psychosocial Characteristics of Work as Targets for Change, C.A. Heaney and Kaori Fujishiro

Assessment of Worker Functional Capacities, G.L. Key

Physical Ability Testing for Employment Decision Purposes, C.K. Anderson

Human Resources Management, T.J. Slavin

Workday Length and Shiftwork Issues, P. Knauth

Back Belts, S.M. McGill

Job Rotation, D. Rodrick, W. Karwowski, and P.M. Quesada

Epidemiology of Upper Extremity Disorders, B. Evanoff and D. Rempel


Medical Management of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, T. Hales and P. Bertsche

Systems Approach to Rehabilitation, A.E. Barr

Postinjury Rehabilitation Management, T.G. Mayer, R.J. Gatchel, S. Porter, and B.R. Theodore

Wrist Splints, C.M. Sommerich

Clinical Lumbar Motion Monitor, S.A. Ferguson and W.S. Marras


Chairs and Furniture, M.J. Dainoff

The Computer Keyboard System Design, J. Dennerlein

Intervention for Notebook Computers, C.M. Sommerich

Meatpacking Operations, S.L. Johnson

Poultry Processing, C. Stuart-Buttle

Working in Unusual or Restricted Postures, S. Gallagher

Agriculture, F.A. Fathallah, J.M. Meyers, L.J. Chapman, and B.-T. Karsh

Grocery Distribution Centers, M.J. Jorgensen, W.S. Marras, W.G. Allread, and C. Stuart-Buttle

Patient Handling in Health Care, A. Nelson

Prevention of Medical Errors, M.S. Bogner

Bakery: Cake Decorating Process, C.M. Sommerich, S.A. Lavender, A. Asmus, A.-M. Chany, J. Parakkat, and G. Yang

Furniture Manufacturing Industry, G. Mirka

General Construction, S.F. Hecker, J. Hess, L. Kincl, and S.P. Schneider

Introducing Ergonomics to Developing Countries, D. Caple

The Future of Work and an Ergonomics Response, C.G. Drury


About the Authors/Editors

William S. Marras Ph.D, CPE is Professor of Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedics, Integrated Systems Engineering at the Spine Research Institute, The Ohio State University.

About the Series

The Occupational Ergonomics Handbook, Second Edition

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Subject Categories

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