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Document ID (ISN)100977
CIS number 02-1973
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Niemelń R., Rautio S., Hannula M., Reijula K.
Title Work environment effects on labor productivity: An intervention study in a storage building
Bibliographic information Oct. 2002, Vol.42, No.4, p.328-335. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between productivity and the work environment before and after the renovation of a storage facility. The thermal environment, concentrations of dust and chemicals (organic solvents, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides), noise levels, lighting and labour productivity were determined before and after the renovation. As a result of the renovation, thermal conditions, air quality and lighting conditions improved notably. In addition, the employees' subjective evaluations showed a significant decrease in dissatisfaction ratings. Direct measures of labour productivity increased by about 9%. It is concluded that increased productivity is most likely related to the combined effect of the improved work environment, namely better thermal climate, reduced contaminant concentrations and better lighting conditions.
Descriptors (primary) lighting; work efficiency; thermal environment; premises; breathing atmosphere; warehouses
Descriptors (secondary) job dissatisfaction; nitrogen oxides; symptoms; determination in air; organic solvents; exhaust ventilation; questionnaire survey; dust
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Heat and cold
Storage and warehousing
Lighting and colour