Ergonomics

Ergonomics

Ergonmic Checklists - Workplace Sensory Demands

Vision:
  • Does the task impose high visual demands?
  • Is the illumination level adequate for the visual demands required?
  • Is lighting met by general and/or local lighting?
  • Is the visual contrast between workplace and surroundings as it should be?
  • Is there any discomfort glare; is there any disability glare?
  • Is color discrimination needed; are operators screened for visual acuity, and what allowances are made for ageing?
  • Are controls, instruments, equipment etc. in comfortable visual range and adequately lit?
  • Are warning lights correctly designed and located?
Hearing:
  • To what extent are auditory signals used; are their characteristics appropriate to the message conveyed?
  • Does noise level permit adequate verbal communication if required in the task?
  • Is confusion possible because of auditory signals required for other tasks?
Other senses:
  • Does the task require accurate tactical discrimination?
  • Are all controls and tools recognized by touch, and are they positioned correctly?
  • Does the task require a good sense of balance (with ladders), and are these workers regularly screened, especially older workers?
  • Does the task require accurate position movements or exact application of muscular force?
  • Does the task require a good sense of smell or taste; if so, has any attempt been made to check the abilities of the operators?
  • Have the effects of vibration, infrasound or ultrasound been thought of seriously, both in the health and safety context and in terms of performance decrement?

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