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Document ID (ISN)106014
CIS number 07-145
ISSN - Serial title 0944-2502 - Zentralblatt für Arbeitsmedizin, Arbeitsschutz und Ergonomie
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gude D.
Title Prospective ergonomics in occupational health protection - Potential offered by virtual reality
Original title Prospektive Ergonomie beim Gesundheitsschutz am Arbeitsplatz - Unterstützungspotential virtuelles Realität [in German]
Bibliographic information Sep. 2004, Vol.54, No.9, p.326-334. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) computer terminals; office work; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) economic aspects; new technologies; ergonomic evaluation; tests on models
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
New technologies
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)