ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)69561
CIS number 97-1368
ISSN - Serial title Journal of Industrial Hygiene of Japan - Rōdō eisei kōgaku
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Koide I.
Title Workload evaluation and countermeasures in a company
Original title Kigyō ni okeru sagyō futan no hyōka to taisaku [in Japanese]
Bibliographic information 28 June 1996, No.35, p.23-31. Illus.
Abstract A workload assessment technique known by the acronym GULHEMP was adapted for use by a large Japanese automobile company. The name stands for "General physique", "Upper body", "Lower body", "Hearing", "Eyesight", "Mentality" and "Personality". The modified technique treats the hands and arms separately, and divides "lower body" into "lumbar region" and "legs/feet". Numerical scores under each heading reflect the impact of working conditions on the worker. This facilitates the identification of problems and the choice of solutions. Another quantitative measure was developed: the "Toyota Verification of Assembly Line" (TVAL). This reflects the physical effort and duration of a task, and has likewise been used for process improvements.
Descriptors (primary) Japan; motor vehicle industry; workload assessment; assembly-line work
Descriptors (secondary) description of technique
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry