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Ergonomics: Design, Integration and Implementation
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Editors: Bram N. Brinkerhoff
Book Description:
Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. Ergonomics is widely used by industrial companies to design tasks and work areas to maximize the efficiency and quality of their employees' work. The field is also called human engineering and human factors engineering. This book presents new and significant research in the field.

Good acoustics is a crucial element in verbal communication and in the learning process, and is therefore vital for all societies whose development is knowledge-based. An overview of room acoustics in enclosed spaces is given, as well as alternative techniques for measuring parameters. An overview of ergonomics in the operating room (OR) based on scientific research is given as well. In addition, brief attention is paid to the environmental ergonomics dealing with the OR environment, lighting, temperature and airflow.

The introduction of new technologies into the practice of radiology is causing a major shift in the operating paradigms of radiology departments, and along with this, a need to reconsider the relevant ergonomic issues. The ergonomics of the radiological workspace are explored, and different input devices are studied and tested within the radiological workspace, many of which originated from either graphical design or the gaming applications.

Construction remains one of the largest industries in the United States. Recent research literature on ergonomic issues in the construction industry are reviewed, as well as how to prevent work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

Finally, ergonomics and epidemiology in bariatric patient handling and in evidence based health prevention are discussed in this book. In particular, interventions needed to prevent overexertion in patient handling are described. The ergonomics that can contribute to the common development of public health and occupational preventive methods are also looked at. In addition, two recent foot movement studies for foot controls are reviewed, in order to facilitate designers to create more user-friendly foot controls in the ergonomic workplace. Biomechanics as a tool in ergonomics is discussed, with demonstrations for back posture, balance and mechanical work in expert/novice handlers.

Table of Contents:

Research and Review Studies
Chapter 1. Acoustic Design of Enclosed Spaces, pp. 1-52
(Paulo Henrique Trombetta Zannin, Carolina Reich, Marcon Passero, Master of Engineering David Queiroz de Sant'Ana, Federal Univ. of Parana, Centro Politecnico, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil)

Chapter 2. Reliability of Shoulder Functional Measures in Assessing Physical Capacity of Individuals with Chronic Neck/shoulder Pain, pp. 53-77
(Karen Lomond, Evelyne Boulay, Charlene Leduc-Poitras, Julie Côté, CRIR Research Centre, Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital site, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and others)

Chapter 3. Ergonomics in the Operating Room - An Overview, pp. 79-118
(L.S.G.L. Wauben, A. Albayrak, R.H.M. Goossens, Delft Univ. of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft, the Netherlands)

Chapter 4. Integration of Ergonomic Design with Finite Element Analysis and Structural Optimization Technology--Ergonomics in Aluminum Beverage Containers, pp. 119-146
(Koetsu Yamazaki, Jing Han, Sadao Nishiyama, Ryoichi Ito, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University,
Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Japan, and others)

Chapter 5. Ergonomics in the Operating Room: Design Framework, pp. 147-177
(A. Albayrak, L.S.G.L. Wauben and R.H.M. Goossens, Delft Univ. of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft, the Netherlands)

Chapter 6. Ergonomic Considerations for the Radiological Workspace, pp. 179-203
(P.M.A. van Ooijen, Univ. Medical Center Groningen, Univ. of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Chapter 7. Current Ergonomic Issues in Radiology, pp. 205-221
(Xiao Hui Wang, Walter F. Good, Dept. of Radiology, Univ. of Pittsburgh)

Short Communications

A. The Need for Research on Ergonomics in Bariatric Patient Handling, pp. 223-234
(Traci Galinsky, Stephen Hudock, Jessica Keel, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio)

B. Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Construction Industry, pp. 235-244
(Sang D. Choi, Center for Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Research, Dept. of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health, Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater, WI, and Lisa Hudson, Milwaukee, WI)

C. Ergonomics and Epidemiology in Evidence Based Health Prevention, pp. 245-253
(Olaf C. Jensen, Centre of Maritime Health and Safety (CMHS), Univ. of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark)

D. Foot Movements for Foot Controls: What We Know and What We Do Not Know, pp. 255-263
(Annie W. Y. Ng and Alan H.S. Chan, Dept. of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City Univ. of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong)

E. Biomechanics As A Tool in Ergonomics: Demonstration for Back Posture, Balance and Mechanical Work in Expert/Novice Handlers, pp. 265-272
(Micheline Gagnon, Dept. de Kinesiologie, Univ. de Montreal)


   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-327-6
   Status: AV
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