Occupational Ergonomics: A Practical Approach
The approach to the book is analogous to a toolkit. The
user will open the book and locate the tool that best fits the
ergonomic assessment task he/she is performing. The chapters of the
book progress from the concept of ergonomics, through the various
assessment techniques, and into the more complex techniques.
In addition to discussing the techniques, this book presents them
in a form that the readers can readily adapt to their particular
situation. Each chapter, where applicable, presents the
technique discussed in that chapter and demonstrates how it is
used. The supporting material at the end of each chapter
contains exercises, case studies and review questions. The
case study section of the book presents how to use techniques to
analyze a range of workplace scenarios.
Topics include: The Basics of Ergonomics; Anthropometry; Office Ergonomics; Administrative Controls; Biomechanics; Hand Tools; Vibration; Workstation Design; Manual Material Handling; Job Requirements and Physical Demands Survey; Ergonomic Survey Tools; Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders; How to Conduct an Ergonomics Assessment; and Case Studies
List of Figures ix
List of Tables xxvii
1 Book Organization 1
2 The Basics of Ergonomics 5
3 Anthropometry 21
4 Office Ergonomics 77
5 Administrative Controls and Stretch and Flex Program 111
6 Elements of Ergonomics Programs 121
7 Biomechanics 163
8 Psychophysics 181
9 Hand Tools 207
10 Vibration 233
11 Industrial Workstation Design 247
12 Manual Materials Handling 271
13 Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders 283
14 How to Conduct an Ergonomic Assessment and Ergonomic Assessment Tools 327
15 Ergonomics in the Healthcare Industry 363
16 Case Studies 413
Appendix A Exercises 443
Appendix B Guides 455
Appendix C Tools 471
Theresa Stack is an Associate Professor with MT Tech, she is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and a Certified Safety Professional. Theresa has over nineteen years of professional hands-on experience in occupational safety, health and ergonomics. Theresa provided technical program management and abatement consultation support to the DoN for twelve years. Theresa continues to instruct for various universities and consult.
Lee T. Ostrom, PhD, has worked in the fields of risk assessment, industrial safety, ergonomics, and human factors for over thirty-five years. A Certified Professional Ergonomist and Certified Safety Professional, he has been an Associate Dean and Academic Director and Full Professor University of Idaho, Idaho Falls. He has authored or co-authored two other books on ergonomic and risk topics and has authored over 75 papers and conference proceedings.
Cheryl A. Wilhelmsen, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Idaho, Idaho Falls. She has been the director of the Industrial Technology BS degree program. She has also taught for APUS/AMU and consults with NASA Ames in the area of aviation inspection. In her thirty year career, she has conducted hundreds of ergonomic assessments and risk assessments from offices to nuclear hot cells.