This study considers ergonomics related to the design
of a Compact Disc-Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) workplace.
The practical research was performed at Charing Cross
and Westminster Library and Information Service which
houses five dedicated CD-ROM workstations in a 'microlab'.
The first objective of the research was to draw
up a comprehensive list of specifications detailing
the ideal layout of a computerized office and CD-ROM
workstation. Secondly, to identify and examine the
ergonomic problems in the micro-lab. Thirdly, to make
a series of recommendations relating to the human
factors in the micro-lab. This dissertation also asks
the question, 'Why is ergonomics important?'. The principal means of research was the interview
survey technique. This was applied to obtain the
views of staff and users on a wide range of human
factor issues relating to CD-ROM workstation design.
The interview contained questions on aspects of
automation, workplace deSign, health and safety and
environmental working conditions. There was also a
period of observation when photographs were taken. Host users had a positive reaction to the CD-ROM
workplace and wanted the service extended. However, there was concern expressed regarding specific human
factor problems relating to ergonomics, workplace
design and the environmental conditions. Some
operators made a link between human factor issues and
the health and safety problems. Consequently, the
recommendations, detailing the possible improvements,
outlined how the micro-lab could be relocated. They
were divided into short term and long term goals.
A Master's Dissertation, submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Arts degree of Loughborough University.