Bodyspace: Anthropometry, Ergonomics and the Design of the by STEPHEN PHEASANT

By STEPHEN PHEASANT

This variation has been revised to deliver clean insights into the foundations and perform of anthropometrics, workspace layout, sitting and seating, palms and handles, ergonomics within the place of work, ergonomics in the house, and well-being and safeguard at paintings.

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Bodyspace: anthropometry, ergonomics, and the design of work

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Measurements are made perpendicular to two reference planes. The horizontal reference plane is that of the seat surface. The vertical reference plane is a real or imaginary plane which touches the back of the uncompressed buttocks and shoulder blades of the subject. e. the plane that divides it equally into its right and left halves). People rarely use these upright positions in everyday life. In practice this may not be so much of a problem as it seems, since we shall commonly set our criteria in such a way as to take this into account.

The statistically minded punter should settle for a working height of 1050 mm. This is not quite the end of the process since at the best compromise height some 15% of users will have an ‘unsatisfactory’ match. Is this an acceptable or tolerable situation or will they be severely uncomfortable or suffer long-term damage? Is it better to have a bench that is too high or one that is too low? Do we in fact require an adjustable workbench or some similarly varied solution? e. at the mid-point of the optimum range).

Derived by founding off each individual subject’s response to the nearest 50 mm and plotting these directly. In this experiment, a clear optimum of 1150 mm emerged (at least for this group of subjects). At this height, more than 50% of users regard the lectern as ‘just right’ (within±25 mm), and over 95% consider it satisfactory. The design of the experiment could perhaps have been improved. It might, for example, have been better to start with a very high lectern and then come down in 50 mm steps, with each subject making a rating at each height, until a point was reached at which the lectern was definitely too low.

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