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Office Ergonomics

Practical Applications, 1st Edition

By Céline McKeown

CRC Press

272 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780849379758
pub: 2007-11-28
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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.

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC017000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety