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Document ID (ISN)73542
CIS number 99-1699
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ayoub M.M., Smith J.L.
Title Evaluation of satchels for postal letter carriers
Bibliographic information Mar. 1999, Vol.23, No.4, p.269-279. Illus. 8 ref.
Abstract Four satchel designs were evaluated for the United States Postal Service using field surveys and a laboratory study. Each satchel had positive and negative attributes. A two-pouch system that distributed weight on both sides of the body proved to be the best alternative in the laboratory study. However, concerns regarding the use of this satchel for defence against a dog attack made its desirability questionable in the survey. The study showed that none of the four satchels was a universally accepted alternative. Recommendations are offered to improve the satchel design. Similar techniques could be used to evaluate industrial designs for tools, equipment, clothing, or other work items. Topics: body mechanics; comfort criteria; design of equipment; load carriage; postal services; spinal column; subjective assessment; tissue damage; work posture.
Descriptors (primary) load carriage; design of equipment; postal services
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; work posture; comfort criteria; body mechanics; tissue damage; spinal column
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Communications industry