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Document ID (ISN)103911
CIS number 05-235
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Shinnar A., Indelicato J., Altimari M., Shinnar S.
Title Survey of ergonomic features of supermarket cash registers
Bibliographic information Dec. 2004, Vol.34, No.6, p.535-541. 33 ref.
Abstract This research was conducted to examine the biomechanical features of cash register workstations in the State of New York. Comparisons and conclusions about the designs were based on the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards regarding supermarket cash registers. 15 supermarkets representing a cross-section of neighbourhoods were included in the study. Stores were measured for heights of the various work surfaces and reach distances to the commonly used components. Results revealed that none of the stores applied biomechanically-correct designs. Disregard for certain biomechanical aspects of the register design, specifically surface heights and reach distance may contribute significantly to a high risk for musculoskeletal injury faced by cashiers.
Descriptors (primary) supermarkets; ergonomic evaluation; retail trade; cash registers
Descriptors (secondary) New York; equipment layout; musculoskeletal diseases; design of equipment; risk factors; body mechanics; survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Retail industry