'Extra-Ordinary' Ergonomics

'Extra-Ordinary' Ergonomics

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Small and big persons, disabled and elderly, expectant mothers and children. Everyone will fall into one of these categories at least once in their lifetime. In fact, demographics show that at least two of every five people vary from the norm in height, width, and weight at any given time. Yet customarily, designers design for adults of regular size with standard abilities. Written by an expert in human factors and ergonomics, Extraordinary Ergonomics explores designing for population groups that do not meet the customary standards in age, size, and abilities. Underscoring the need for extraordinary ergonomics, the book illustrates various approaches to measuring the characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of those who differ from the norm. It provides the how-tos of designing for people who are smaller, weaker, or bigger, discusses specifically the design for persons with disabilities and the aging population, and covers human factors engineering for expectant mothers and ergonomics for children and teenagers. The author explains how to assess and determine abilities and needs and demonstrates how to design tools, homes, and environments to make working space safe and living space easy.Spurred by concerns for the safety of caregivers, in 2003, OSHA issued a set of guidelines targeting the nursing home industry in order to voluntarily reduce injuries. Regarding the architecture and interior design of nursing homes for peopleanbsp;...

Title:'Extra-Ordinary' Ergonomics
Author: Karl H.E. Kroemer
Publisher:CRC Press - 2005-08-12

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