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The Occupational Ergonomics Handbook, Second Edition, Two Volume Set

2nd Edition

By William S. Marras, Waldemar Karwowski

CRC Press

1,872 pages | 200 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780849319396
pub: 2006-02-02

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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.

Fundamental and Assessment Tools for Occupational Ergonomics introduces basic principles of ergonomics in system design and evaluation, as well as comprehensive approach to work related musculoskeletal disorders. This volume is a comprehensive source of theoretical ergonomics knowledge relevant to product and process quality, management of health and safety, and productivity in a variety of industries and businesses.

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.

Narrowing the focus while broadening the coverage, each individual volume supplies 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.


"Practitioners of ergonomics, occupational safety and health and industrial hygiene will find … an excellent resource for a wide variety of issues in ergonomics compounded by modern changes in work methods brought about by rapid technological changes. …a most refreshing and welcome addition that will greatly provide an impetus for further evolution of the field of ergonomics."

-Larry B. Nabatilan, Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2006

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Table of Contents

Volume 1:


A Guide to Certification in Professional Ergonomics, K. Rightmire and L.D.W. Jahns

Epidemiological Review of Magnitude of Occupational Problems: Physical and Cognitive Issues, W.S. Marras

Legal Issues in Occupational Ergonomics, G.A. Peters and Barbara J. Peters

Cost Justification for Implementing Ergonomics Intervention: Applications, M. Oxenburgh

Overview of Systems Theory - Humans in Work System Environment, H. Luczak, S. Hinrichsen, and S. Mütze-Niewöhner

Human Factors and TQM, C.G. Drury

User-Centered Design of Information Technology, V.K. Leonard, K.P. Moloney, and J. A. Jacko

Application of Risk Theory in Man-Machine-Environment Systems, J. Sinay, H. Pac?aiová, M. Kopas, and M. Oravec

Engineering Anthropometry: Designing to Fit the Human Body, K.H.E. Kroemer

Human Strength Evaluation, K.H.E. Kroemer

The Biomechanical Basis of Ergonomics Logic, W.S. Marras

Fundamentals of Manual Control, M. Mulder, R. M.M. Van Paassen, J.M. Flach, and R.J. Jagacinski

Cumulative Spine Loading: From Basic Science to Application, J.P. Callaghan

Low-Level Static Exertions, G. Sjøgaard and B.R. Jensen

Soft-Tissue Pathomechanics, R.G. Cutlip

Pain and Injury: Mechanisms of Peripheral Sensation, CNS Nociception, Injury Biomechanics and Implications for Musculoskeletal Disorders, B.A. Winkelstein

Ergonomics and Aging: Basic Issues and Implementation Strategies, D. Fisk, T.L. Mitzher, C.B. Mayhorn, and W.A. Rogers

Vision and Work, J. Sheedy

Individual Factors and Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Framework for their Consideration, D.C. Cole and I. Rivilis

Basic Knowledge Behind Ergonomics: Rehabilitating Low Back Disorders, S.M. McGill

Human Adaptation in the Workplace, A. Genaidy and S. Tuncel

Rehabilitation Ergonomics, S.J. Isernhagen PT

Basic Knowledge Behind Ergonomics: Visual, Tactile, and Multimodal Information Processing, N. Sarter

Design as a Prediction Task: Applying Cognitive Psychology to System Development, P.J. Smith, R.B. Stone, and A.L. Spencer

Basic Knowledge Behind Ergonomics - Tolerances and Variation: Mental and Personality, W.G. Allread

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

Mechanical Considerations for Biomechanical Glenohumeral Joint Modeling, K. Gielo-Perczak

Application of Ergonomic Knowledge to the Assessment of Low Back Risk, K. G. Davis, III

Application of Basic Knowledge to the Human Body: Legs, S.A. Lavender

Ergonomics of the Foot Leg, S. Konz

Noise in Industry: Auditory Effects, Measurement, Regulations, and Management, J.G. Casali and G.S. Robinson

Application of Basic Knowledge to the Human Body: Shiftwork, T.H. Monk

Vibrometry, D.E. Wasserman and D.G. Wilder


Overview of Ergonomic Assessment, C. Hamrick

Low Back Injury Risk Assessment Tools, G. Mirka and G. Shin

Cognitive Task Analysis: A Review of Contemporary Methods and their Applicability to C4i Environments, P. Salmon, N. Stanton, G. Walker, and D. Green

Subjective Scales of Effort and Workload Assessment, B. Sherehiy and W. Karwowski

Rest Allowances, S. Konz

Wrist Posture in Office Work, M. Fagarasanu and S. Kumar

PLIBEL - A Method Assigned for Identification of Ergonomics Hazards, K. Kemmlert

The ACGIH TLV® for Hand Activity Level, T.J. Armstrong

REBA and RULA: Whole Body and Upper Limb Rapid Assessment Tools, S. Hignett and L. McAtamney

An Assessment Technique for Postural Loading on the

Upper Body (LUBA), D. Kee and W. Karwowski

The Washington State SHARP Approach to Exposure Assessment: Methods in Epidemiological Studies of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders, P. Spielholz

Upper Extremity Analysis - Wrist, A. Freivalds

Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation, T.R. Waters

Psychophysical Approach to Task Analysis, P.G. Dempsey

Static Biomechanical Modeling in Manual Lifting, D.B. Chaffin and C.B. Woolley

Back Analysis: Industrial Lumbar Motion Monitor, W.S. Marras and W. Gary Allread

Back Analysis: TLVs, W.S. Marras and C. Hamrick

Volume 2:


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


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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety