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Document ID (ISN)104793
CIS number 06-471
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Schneider S., Dababneh A., Lowe B., Krieg E., Kong Y.K., Waters T.
Title A checklist for the ergonomic evaluation of nonpowered hand tools
Bibliographic information Dec. 2004, Vol.1, No.12, p.D135-D145. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract A simple 16-item checklist developed to evaluate nonpowered hand tools for basic features related to good ergonomic tool design is presented. The reliability of the checklist questions was assessed in a study in which 14 ergonomists and 126 carpenters evaluated 18 typical hand tools. Agreement among the carpenters and ergonomists was high for most of the checklist items. However, a few questions resulted in relatively low agreement, indicating that the criterion was not explicit or that users had difficulty identifying whether the tool satisfied the particular criterion. The majority of the 18 hand tools evaluated were considered to be lacking in several highly important ergonomic design features. Additional studies are being conducted to make appropriate revisions to the checklist criteria based on quantitative measures of musculoskeletal loading.
Descriptors (primary) hand tools; check lists; ergonomic evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) design of equipment; evaluation of technique
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Hand and portable tools
Safety supervision