The Friday Five is a set of five links that I have come across this week that pertain to ergonomics, occupational health, safety, human performance, or human factors. For whatever reason, I found them interesting, but they are provided with minimal or no commentary and are not meant to be endorsement for a given product or research paper.
This week’s five are courtesy of a PubMed search on the terms: applied ergonomics
Manghisi et al. look at the use of the Kinect V2 (the newer generation of the Kinect) for performing RULA assessments to evaluate awkward postures. Devices like the Kinect are interesting to me as they may allow for more natural evaluations of human movement in real life work settings.
Sedighi Maman et al. look at the use of wearable technologies for evaluating a data driven model for physical fatigue in the workplace.
JA Dobson et al. provide a literature review of work boot design and the impact on how workers walk. (This is an important topic area that came up yesterday when we were in the field performing assessments for a customized job description. The particular job has a variety of varied tasks with some that require steel toed boots. The biggest complaint of the employees is comfort of steel toed boots for the tasks performed.)
Kang and Shin performed a study to determine the impact on accuracy and muscle activation patterns when target location is varied on computer touch screens. This is going to be an important area for human factors and user interface professionals as touch screens become more common in the workplace.
Plamondon et al. look at the differences in how male and female workers lifting palletized loads with the same relative weight. This study uses a similar lifting load weight to remove strength from the equation when looking at how the task is performed biomechanically. While patterns between male and female subjects were similar, interjoint coordination differs. Understanding of these differences can help with interventions to better reduce material handling injuries.
The Friday Five is a set of five links that I have come across this week that pertain to ergonomics, occupational health, safety, human performance, or human factors. For whatever reason, I found them interesting, but they are provided with minimal or no commentary and are not meant to be endorsement for a given product.
This week’s Five come from some of the newest additions to PubMed when using the search terms: ergonomics and workplace.
Shafti et al. looked at performance of work related tasks and levels of perceived discomfort (Borg scale) versus measurements from the Rapid Upper Limb Assessment and data collected from EMG sensors and electronic goniometers. Not surprisingly, the RULA tool and data collected on muscle activity and joint angles were better at picking up small changes than the perceived discomfort described by the study subjects.
Khandan et al. utilized Fuzzy Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) to review job positions within a manufacturing facility to help determine which job titles would benefit from ergonomic interventions. Often, clients realize that they have many positions that would benefit from ergonomic intervention but have limited funds to apply to interventions. Tools such as this allow ergonomic professionals to better direct employers to the best application of limited intervention funds.
This paper in Frontiers of Human Neuroscience by Nafizi et al. looks at the muscle synergies that occur during slipping events. Determining what happens in the initial microseconds of a slipping event can help lead to the development of strategies to reduce injuries during slip and fall events.
Irzmansk and Tokarski created a new method of ergonomic testing for gloves that protect and cuts and stab wounds when using knives. One of the biggest issues with glove usage is that the design of gloves can change muscle recruitment, usage, and fatigue patterns when compared to performance of the activity without glove usage. Specialty gloves for butchers and fishmongers are designed to protect against injuries from knife usage hovewever they can increase the physical gripping demands of the task. This study helps to better quantify these changes based on glove design.
A paper in Applied Ergonomics by Coenen et al. looks into the issues of “prolonged sedentary time” and reviewed occupational health and safety policies that relate to this issue. No specific existing policies were found, however the authors note that the issue of prolonged sedentary behavior is one that needs to be researched and addressed.