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Ergonomic Solutions for Furniture Manufacturers.


PB2004105624

Publication Date 2003
Personal Author Mirka, G. A.; Cormier, D.; Taylor, J.
Page Count 122
Abstract The specific aims of this project were to study the effectiveness and the efficacy of ergonomic interventions for the reduction of musculoskeletal injuries/illnesses in the furniture manufacturing industry and, more globally, to explore ways that ergonomic interventions can be introduced/promoted to increase the likelihood of their acceptance by the users. This research effort can be broken down into seven research projects that were completed during the period of this grant. The aim of Project No. 1 was to identify those jobs and work tasks that were most problematic from the perspective of musculoskeletal injury/illness. The aim of Project No. 2 was to identify the specific physical risk factors posed by these prioritized jobs. The aim of Project No. 3 was to design, engineer and prototype engineering and work practice controls that were developed with the expressed goal of eliminating or reducing exposure to the identified risk factors. The aim of Project No. 4 was to perform a formal laboratory analysis of the prototypes developed through Project No. 3. The aim of Project No. 5 was to perform a formal field analysis of the prototypes developed through Project No. 3 and assessed in project No. 4. Project No. 6 was an evaluation of the effects of the participatory ergonomics technique in the acceptance of the ergonomic interventions. Project No. 7 was also a study that considered ways that interventions could be developed and presented to increase the likelihood of their acceptance.
Keywords
  • Performance evaluation
  • Ergonomics
  • Human factors engineering
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Interventions
  • Injury reductions
  • Manufacturers
  • Research projects
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Effectiveness
  • Risk factors
  • Work environments
  • Laboratory tests
  • Field tests
  • Prototypes
  • Engineering
  • Furniture manufacturers
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Corporate Authors North Carolina State Univ. at Raleigh. Dept. of Industrial Engineering.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 200421
Ergonomic Solutions for Furniture Manufacturers.
Ergonomic Solutions for Furniture Manufacturers.
PB2004105624

  • Performance evaluation
  • Ergonomics
  • Human factors engineering
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Interventions
  • Injury reductions
  • Manufacturers
  • Research projects
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Effectiveness
  • Risk factors
  • Work environments
  • Laboratory tests
  • Field tests
  • Prototypes
  • Engineering
  • Furniture manufacturers
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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