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Title: Reducing work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) through design: views of ergonomics and design practitioners
Authors: Punchihewa, Himam K.G.
Gyi, Diane E.
Keywords: Design process
Participatory design
Design methods
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: IOS Press (© The authors)
Citation: PUNCHIHEWA, H.K.G. and GYI, D.E., 2015. Reducing work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) through design: views of ergonomics and design practitioners. Work, 53(1), pp.127-142.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) affect the well-being of workers. Unfortunately, user requirements for design to reduce workplace risk factors for MSDs are not always effectively communicated to designers creating a mismatch between the user requirements and what is ultimately produced. OBJECTIVE: To understand the views of practitioners of design and ergonomics regarding tools for participatory design and features they would like to see in such tools. METHODS: An online questionnaire survey was conducted with a cohort of practitioners of ergonomics and design (n=32). In-depth interviews were then conducted with a subset of these practitioners (n=8). To facilitate discussion, a prototype integrated design tool was developed and demonstrated to practitioners using a verbalized walkthrough approach. RESULTS: According to the results of the questionnaire survey, the majority (70%) believed an integrated approach to participatory design would help reduce work-related MSDs and suggested ways to achieve this, for example, through sharing design information. The interviews showed the majority (n=7) valued being provided with guidance on design activities and ways to manage and present information. CONCLUSION: It is believed that an integrated approach to design in order to help reduce work-related MSDs is highly important and a provision to evaluate design solutions would be desirable for practitioners of design and ergonomics.
Description: This is the accepted manuscript version of the article. The definitive published version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/WOR-152126
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.3233/WOR-152126
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19506
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/WOR-152126
ISSN: 1051-9815
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