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The rules of work : a practical engineering guide to ergonomics
MacLeod, Dan.
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New York : Taylor & Francis, [2000]

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184 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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The Rules of Work provides the reader with a useful guide for solving ergonomics problems. It is written for those professionals who understand the basic theories of ergonomics and are ready to put them into practice. Tools essential for implementing and managing an ergonomically sound environment are provided. For instance, the book provides a methodology for assessing the safety program of a workplace. It also outlines the main procedures and protocols for identifying and treating employees with injuries due to ergonomic flaws. Unlike many other books on the subject, this book goes beyond the manufacturing environment and covers office ergonomics as well. The focus is on the safety and health of the individual worker. This text is essential for ergonomists and industrial health and safety professionals.

Author Notes

Dan MacLeod is one of the leading practitioners of workplace ergonomics with over 30 years experience in evaluating work areas in many different industries providing low-cost, easily implemented solutions. Mr. MacLeod was instrumental in identifying the epidemic of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) among autoworkers in the late 1970s and pioneered ergonomics programs in the auto industry

Table of Contents

Part I The Rules
Introduction--Overview of the fieldp. 3
1. Posturep. 12
2. Forcep. 17
3. Reachp. 27
4. Heightsp. 32
5. Motionsp. 36
6. Fatiguep. 41
7. Pressure Pointsp. 46
8. Clearancep. 49
9. Movementp. 51
10. Environmentp. 53
11. Applicationsp. 56
12. Cognitive Ergonomicsp. 75
13. Work Organizationp. 82
Part II Measurements and Guidelines
Quantitative Methods
Introduction--Why measure?p. 87
14. Anthropometryp. 90
15. Exertion and Biomechanicsp. 102
16. Posturep. 113
17. Motionsp. 118
18. Miscellaneousp. 123
19. NIOSH Lifting Guidep. 127
20. Pushing, Pulling, and Carrying Guidesp. 137
21. Employee Discomfort Surveysp. 140
22. Key Studiesp. 143
23. Problem-Solving Processp. 165
Referencesp. 179
Indexp. 184