About the Design Guidelines

It's the ergonomics "Answerbook!"
This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind reference delivers quick, factual, important design criteria regarding ergonomically correct workstations, jobs, tasks, tools, equipment, and facilities. And best of all, it's delivered just the way your engineers and designers want it in a single, easy-to-use manual full of simplified explanations, tables, charts, graphs, illustrations, and checklists.

Since most engineers and designers still have little background in ergonomics, they may tend to ignore critical aspects of human performance. However, each time they design a lift that's too high, install a valve that's difficult to reach, or specify equipment that can't easily be maintained, it can cost your organization plenty!

That's why the Ergonomics Design Guidelines provides such value. Originally developed by our real-world engineering-based ergonomics practitioners for the engineers and designers of Du Pont, this information-packed manual reflects the current state-of-the-art knowledge regarding all areas of occupational ergonomics. Now available to the general public, it's perfect for use as adjunct material with an organization's internal engineering and design standards.

So if you can't afford the ergonomics problems you have now and you'd like to stop future ones before they start, you can't afford to be without the Ergonomics Design Guidelines. This might just be the most effective ergonomics "tool" you ever use.

Chapters & topics
    1.    What Is Ergonomics? Explains ergonomics in plain language with lots of examples. Describes practical design amifications. Explains where, why, when and how ergonomics information should be used.
    2.    Cumulative Trauma Disorders Describes 4 design strategies to control CTDs. Provides specific recommendations for task, workplace and tool design.
    3.    Applied Anthropometry Provides specific design strategies for overcoming the size differences of people. Lists specific dimensions to accommodate reaches and to permit clearances of people. Includes easy-to-use anthropometric data for men and women.
    4.    Workplace Design Covers concepts and design strategies for standing, sitting, sit/stand and support stool workplaces. Workplace dimensions are provided as well as criteria for selection of chairs.
    5.    Video Display Terminal Workstations Lists specific design criteria for video display workstations. Includes critical information about workplace dimensions and visual requirements.
    6.    Manual Material Handling Addresses concepts that affect manual handling of material; uses 6 design strategies for improvements. Covers evaluation and solutions for lifting tasks and pushing/pulling tasks. Provides selection criteria for material handling equipment. Covers carrying, shoveling and drum handling. Differentiates between engineering and administrative solutions.
    7.    Tool Design Provides tool design strategies and detailed ways to minimize forces on operators. Includes design of handles and triggers. Presents 31 specific design recommendations.
    8.    Equipment Design Covers design strategies to allocate tasks between operators and machines. Includes critical design parameters for equipment.
    9.    Maintainability Presents 7 strategies to improve maintenance. Covers methods to improve diagnosis and accessibility for maintenance. Includes design of openings, covers, and fasteners as well as methods to simplify repair.
    10.    Physically Demanding Work Includes concepts of human workload, plus engineering and administrative methods to control workload. Covers energy costs by task, and assessment strategy for hard jobs. Explains concepts of peak workloads vs. long duration workloads and work/recovery cycles.
    11.    Heat Stress Covers concepts of heat stress and measurement of heat stress. Presents engineering controls and administrative controls. Provides information on recognition of heat stress problems.
    12.    Environmental Concerns Includes concepts, evaluation, and solutions for thermal comfort, noise, vibration, and lighting.
    13.    Displays and Controls Explains concepts of person-machine (control) and machine-person (display) communication. Provides design strategies to reduce and avoid problems. Includes types of displays, selection of displays, types of controls, selection of controls, display-control layouts, and population stereotypes.
    14.    Labeling and Information Coding Provides important labeling and coding guidelines.
    15.    Designing for Visual Inspection Tasks Addresses types of inspector errors. Covers inspector selection, payment, training, and feedback. Presents design strategies to improve inspection as well as design of workplaces, lighting, and tasks.
    16.    Designing for the Worker with a Disability Covers design strategies, job accommodations for sensory, mental and physical impairments, as well as safety issues.
    17.    Hours of Work Includes information on physiological factors that impact work shifts. Addresses shift work and overtime.
    18.    Ergonomic Problem-Solving Processes Provides specific problem-solving strategies. Includes ergonomics in new designs, ergonomics in purchasing decisions, and retrofits that improve your operations.
    19.    Ergonomics Checklist Includes design checklists. Provides specific ergonomics checklists for workplaces, CTD prevention, work environment, physically demanding tasks, equipment design, task design and general ergonomics evaluation.
    20.    Resources and References Detailed list of references, and additional resources including books, journals, articles, proceedings, and societies.
Glossary Includes detailed list of abbreviations and definitions of ergonomics terms in a comprehensive list.
Table of Contents and Index Presents a detailed listing of contents which makes information easy to find. Includes sequential listing and listing by topic.