Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ergonomics 1

For the first issue, the worker in workplace 1, his chair cannot have it height adjusted properly. He has to sit on it for long periods of time, and I can tell that he is very uncomfortable from his actions. In workplace 2, the worker's 'liberty chair' can have its height adjusted properly, can let him sit comfortably, and has a mechanism to allow the user to lean back.
For the second issue, the worker at workplace 1 has many difficulties looking at the computer screen which is far away even with his glasses as he is leaning towards the screen and squinting. The worker in workplace 2 however, has no problem with that as he has the 'M7 monitor arm' which allows him to shift the screen closer to him.
For the third issue, the worker in workplace 1 has table lamps which are too bright, so he cannot see the screen clearly. When he switches it off, it will be to dim. If he tries to reposition it, the lamp will be to hot for him to touch. The worker in workplace 2 has a lamp which is bright, but will only cover a small area, so the light is enough to let him see his paperwork, and will not be too bright and cause him to not be able to see the screen clearly.
For the fourth issue, the worker in workplace 1 is sitting in a chair which is not giving him much space for his hands to move about to type. I can tell he is uncomfortable as his facial expression clearly shows it. However, the worker in workplace 2 is sitting in a 'freedom chair' instead. The freedom chair allows worker 2 to have space for his hands to move around, and when he wants to rest his arms, there is an armrest which can be lifted up so he can use it. The chair also can allow him to lean back and relax when he is tired. He is clearly very comfortable and happy from the looks of his actions facial expression.
For the fifth issue, the worker in workplace 1 is very uncomfortable working on his laptop and is fidgeting and trying to find the perfect position to place his laptop and do his work. However, the worker in workplace 2 is perfectly fine and comfortable as he is using the 'L2 laptop holder', which allows him to put his laptop in a position of a personal computer, which is obviously more comfortable for him.
For the final issue, the worker in workplace 1 has a table that is filled with all his work, and is all messy, so he cannot find a space to do his work. His expression shows that he is frustrated. When he gets a small space, he accidentally knocks down his coffee. However, the worker in workplace 2 has a railing which can keep all or most of his stuff, so his table will have space for him to do his work.
I would choose workplace 2 over workplace 1 as it is more spacious, comfortable, makes things easier to do, and it is very user-friendly.
The considerations that should be taken into place are that whether the user will be able to concentrate in that environment, whether the user will be comfortable, and whether the user can have enough space to move.
Ergonomics is important as it helps to make people perform better in their work if the item or place is designed properly.

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