Ergonomics And the Design of Tools Term Paper by Peter Pen

Ergonomics And the Design of Tools
The paper discusses ergonomic design of work tools and current industry standards.
# 109843 | 2,900 words | 24 sources | APA | 2008
Published on Dec 08, 2008 in Engineering (Industrial) , Engineering (Mechanical) , Economics (Labor)

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Ergonomics literally means the "science of work". Because of the inadequate designs of hand tools have long been at the root-cause of lost productivity, poor quality of products, and irreversible injuries that have caused excessive absenteeism in the work force. This phenomenon can and has been lowered by relatively simple and low cost ergonomic design changes. In this paper the author examines the science of ergonomics as it relates to the design of hand tools. The writer examines the history and development of the science of ergonomics and then goes on to discuss and review current industry standards. The paper includes pictures.

Ergonomic History
Guidelines for Power Tools
Evaluation and Solutions
Authors Note
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"The term Ergonomics is not new. The origins come from the Greek words ergon/ergos which translates 'work', and the word nomikos that means 'law-control and orderly assignment'. Ergonomics literally means the "science of work". "Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline that is concerned with the understanding of the interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principals, data, and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance". (EA Executive Council 2000). For something to be truly ergonomic it must fit the user, be easy to use, improve comfort, improve performance, and improve safety/health."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Awards & Bursaries, (2007). Awards & Bursaries. from The Ergonomics Society retrieved December 15, 2007 fromWeb site:
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  • Ergoweb, (2007). ergoweb. From History of Ergonomics Ergoweb, retrieved December 15, 2007 from Web site:

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