Production Ergonomics

Designing Work Systems to Support Optimal Human Performance

by Cecilia Berlin, Caroline Adams

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Book Description

Production ergonomics - the science and practice of designing industrial workplaces to optimize human well-being and system performance - is a complex challenge for a designer. Humans are a valuable and flexible resource in any system of creation, and as long as they stay healthy, alert and motivated, they perform well and also become more competent over time, which increases their value as a resource. However, if a system designer is not mindful or aware of the many threats to health and system performance that may emerge, the end result may include inefficiency, productivity losses, low working morale, injuries and sick-leave.

To help budding system designers and production engineers tackle these design challenges holistically, this book offers a multi-faceted orientation in the prerequisites for healthy and effective human work. We will cover physical, cognitive and organizational aspects of ergonomics, and provide both the individual human perspective and that of groups and populations, ending up with a look at global challenges that require workplaces to become more socially and economically sustainable. This book is written to give you a warm welcome to the subject, and to provide a solid foundation for improving industrial workplaces to attract and retain healthy and productive staff in the long run.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Production Ergonomics ebook for free in PDF format (43.5 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Basic Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 3
Physical Loading
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Cognitive Ergonomics
Chapter 6
Psychosocial Factors and Worker Involvement
Chapter 7
Data Collection and Task Analysis
Chapter 8
Ergonomics Evaluation Methods
Chapter 9
Digital Human Modeling
Chapter 10
Manual Materials Handling
Chapter 11
The Economics of Ergonomics
Chapter 12
Work Environmental Factors
Chapter 13
Social Sustainability
Chapter 14
Notes for Teachers

Book Details

Ubiquity Press
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
PDF Size
43.5 MB

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