2nd Edition

The Rules of Work A Practical Engineering Guide to Ergonomics, Second Edition

By Dan MacLeod Copyright 2013
    196 Pages 261 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    196 Pages
    by CRC Press

    The experience of the past decade since the publication of the first edition of The Rules of Work: A Practical Engineering Guide to Ergonomics proves just how central ergonomics is for effective production. Revised and updated to reflect new insights from workplace developments, the second edition continues the tradition of providing essential tools for implementing good ergonomics in a way that simultaneously improves both productivity and safety.

    What’s New in the Second Edition:

    • Updated examples and additional rules of thumb
    • "How to" pages cover actions such as how to design a workstation
    • Coverage of RULA, Strain Index, and TAPDA

    In short, the plan of the book is that Part I provides help on how to think and Part II help on how to measure. The non-quantitative materials come first, since creativity in the application of the principles and rules provides greater value.

    Based on 35 years of practical problem-solving in over 1,500 workplaces, the book provides a down-to-earth and practical guide for solving ergonomics problems. It provides a framework for evaluating tasks using low-tech, non-quantitative methods, along with an overview of the standard measuring systems for those occasions when numbers are needed.

    The Rules
    Introduction—Overview of the Field
    Pressure Points
    Movement and Change
    Cognitive Ergonomics
    Work Organization

    Measurements and Guidelines
    Introduction—Why Measure?
    Exertion and Biomechanics
    NIOSH Lifting Guide
    Pushing, Pulling, and Carrying Guides
    Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA)
    Strain Index
    Time and Physical Demands Analysis (TAPDA)
    Employee Discomfort Surveys
    Problem-Solving Process



    Dan MacLeod

    "The book, like its predecessor, provides a very well illustrated and comprehensive set of manual work conditions that are amenable to ergonomics intervention methods. The "rules", principles and processes to achieve positive outcomes are clearly presented. This book should be on every practicing ergonomists book shelf."
    —Don Chaffin, PhD, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

    "The book’s strengths lie in the fact that it tells the reader up front that Ergonomics is not a costly intervention. It can provide inexpensive solutions that lead to significant improvements in the working environment. … plain speaking, practical, sensible and usable and the solutions have grown from the author’s real-life experiences in the working world."
    —Dr. Céline McKeown, Link Ergonomics, Nottingham, England, UK

    "Dan MacLeod elevates ergonomics to its rightful place as a necessary component in an effective production system. His straightforward and engaging writing style stimulates creative 'common sense' solutions, often at low cost.  This book is a must read for anyone involved in process improvement, from the CEO to the working team members -- and especially the process engineers."
    —Peter Budnick, Ph.D., President, Ergoweb Inc.

    "This is a good introduction to the ergonomics of production environments with good examples of how to apply ergonomics in practice."
    RS Bridger, Author of Introduction to Ergonomics, Third Edition