1st Edition

Office Ergonomics Practical Applications

By Céline McKeown Copyright 2008
    272 Pages
    by CRC Press

    268 Pages
    by CRC Press

    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.

    Working Posture. Design of Workstation Furniture. Computer Use. Screen Displays. Input Design and Use. Organisational Features. Training. Environmental Issues. Out-of-office Working. Manual Handling. Work-related Ill Health. Disability. Risk Assessments. Case Study.


    Céline McKeown is a consultant ergonomist with Link Ergonomics, based in Nottingham, England. She works as a consultant to industry as well as to commercial organizations. She specializes in identifying the causes of injury and ill health in the workplace and designing them out of the system. She also has a special interest in product design. She trains engineers, architects, health and safety professionals, and others who have responsibility for changing the working environment so that they know how to incorporate ergonomics during the planning stages. She acts as an expert witness for defendants and claimants in work-related personal injury claims. She is a fellow of the Ergonomics Society in the United Kingdom.