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Document ID (ISN)75254
CIS number 00-1167
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Haslam R.A., Williams H.J.
Title Ergonomic considerations in the design and use of single disc floor cleaning machines
Bibliographic information Oct. 1999, Vol.30, No.5, p.391-399. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract This study investigated ergonomics issues connected with the use of single-disc floor cleaning machines (buffers/polishers). Methods included interview/questionnaire surveys of users and other groups (maintenance personnel, purchasing managers, manufacturer representatives), along with video analysis. A notable proportion of users (56%) reported discomfort from machine use, mostly musculoskeletal in origin. Main locations were hand (39%), shoulder (19%), wrist (7%), lower back (7%) and arm (6%). Deficiencies were identified with the design and configuration of the handle/operating-switch. Problems were also found arising from the trailing power cable, along with manual handling implications due to machine size and weight. It is concluded that there is scope to improve on current designs.
Descriptors (primary) flooring; ergonomics; cleaning of workplaces; electrical equipment; cleaning
Descriptors (secondary) work posture; lumbar column; hand; wrist; design of equipment; questionnaire survey; comfort assessment; ergonomic evaluation; shoulder
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Cleaning work