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Document ID (ISN)108108
CIS number 08-727
ISSN - Serial title 0946-7599 - Arbeit und Gesundheit
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Becker M.
Title Checkouts with style
Original title Kassen mit Klasse [in German]
Bibliographic information 2007, No.12, p.6-8. Illus. 4 ref.
Abstract In the retail sector, the space available for cashiers to carry out various tasks is limited. The effect of the introduction of bar-code scanners and conveyor belts was to accelerate the flow of products and to increase the monotony of the job. To improve working conditions, experts from the German retail trade association conducted an ergonomic analysis of these workplaces and advised retailers on layouts as a function of the size and type of products, as well as of the other tasks carried out by the cashiers. The experts devised a system aimed at analysing cashiers' work postures, taking into account the moving area, workstation height, grip distance, leg and foot room, and angle of vision. Optimum and maximum dimensions were defined for the work area. It is recommended to allow employees to alternate between sitting and standing work postures.
Descriptors (primary) work posture; supermarkets; retail trade; ergonomics; cash registers
Descriptors (secondary) workplace design; repetitive work; seats; women; motion study; ergonomic evaluation; upper extremities
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Retail industry
Work posture