|Document ID (ISN)||106014|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0944-2502 - Zentralblatt für Arbeitsmedizin, Arbeitsschutz und Ergonomie
|Convention or series no.
||Prospective ergonomics in occupational health protection - Potential offered by virtual reality
||Prospektive Ergonomie beim Gesundheitsschutz am Arbeitsplatz - Unterstützungspotential virtuelles Realität [in German]|
||Sep. 2004, Vol.54, No.9, p.326-334. Illus. 15 ref.
||In occupational safety and health practice, corrective ergonomics has an important role to play because of its ability to rectify deficiencies in the design of work systems. However, this approach is costly. For this reason, prospective ergonomics is increasingly used in product design. To allow the visualisation of products in a form close to their final form, virtual reality techniques are used. This article presents the application of this approach to the field of occupational safety and health, and describes a laboratory experiment in which subjects were asked to analyse the ergonomic deficiencies of a workstation involving work on a screen, presented in virtual form. The findings are discussed and compared to those of an analysis based on a real workstation. No differences in the quality of the evaluations were found between the two methods; however, virtual reality offers significant cost advantages.
||computer terminals; office work; ergonomics
||economic aspects; new technologies; ergonomic evaluation; tests on models
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Germany|
||Ergonomics and work organization
|Broad subject area(s)
Visual display terminals (VDTs)