Industrial Engineering

Research Laboratories

Ergonomics Laboratory (EL)

This facility supports instruction and research in industrial ergonomics, including environmental measurement, force and pressure measurement and sensing, measurement and analysis for work design, and eye-motion tracking.

Director

Dr. Sandra K. Garrett

Lab Equipment

Computing and Media

 

- Windows desktop with Multimedia Video Task Analysis (MVTA) and Digital Video editing
- Windows desktops (5) with Ergomaster, ErgoIntelligence UAE, ErgoIntelligence MMH, Mannequin Pro, and MOST
- Windows laptops (5) with Egomaster for field work and student lab work
- HP Photosmart 320 digital camera (5)
- Sony clie (5)
- Sony DSC-F505 digital camera
- Sony PC100 digital camcorder
- Applied Science Eye Motion Tracking System
- LabView data acquisition and processing

Force and Motion

- Chatillon CSD200 Push-pull dynamometer
- Mark 10 Force Gage with force and torque sensors
- Biometrics goniometry assortment
- CB Sciences electromyography system
- Flexiforce load-force gage
- Larson Davis hand-arm vibration meter

Environmental Instruments

- Amprobe THWD-1 Psychrometer
- Extech 407025 Light Meter
- Extech 407735 Sound Level Meter
- Extech 45118 Thermo-anemometer
- Metrosonics db-3060 Noise Dosimeter
- Quest 1900 Integrating Sound Level Meter with 1/3 octave filters
- Questemp 30 Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Meter

Process Equipment

- Pick-and-Place Robot
- Table-top Mill and Lathe
- Portable Lift Table

- Portable Roller Conveyor

The Industrial Ergonomics Tools Qualification Program allows students to gain additional out-of-class experience in industrial ergonomics. More details... (PDF File)

Ergonomics Tools

These ergonomics tools are either in the public domain or implemetation aids developed from published works. They are presented as educational materials; users should refer to the original literature where cited.

OSHA Basic Screening Tool (PDF File) - for assessing risk factors in musculo-skeletal disorders

OSHA VDT Workstation Checklist (PDF File) - for evaluating computer and display workstations

REBA Worksheet (PDF File) - for assessing MSD risk in a variety of jobs and postures

RULA Worksheet (PDF File) - for assessing MSD risk primarily in upper body and extremities

Snook Tables (PDF File) - for determining the appropriate population for tasks involving lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying

Strain Index (PDF File) - for evaluating repetitive manual tasks

Washington State Ergo Rule Appendix B (PDF File) - for general evaluation of ergonomics in the workplace

Tools from Elements of Ergonomics Programs, NIOSH pub 97-117

Principles

General Workstation Design (PDF File)

Repetitive Hand and Wrist Tasks (PDF File)

Handtool Use and Selection (PDF File)

Lifting and Lowering (PDF File)

Pushing and Pulling (PDF File)

Carrying (PDF File)

Workstation Dimensions (PDF File)

Checklists

General Ergonomic Risk (PDF File)

Ergonomic Hazard Identification (PDF File)

Workstation (PDF File)

Task Analysis (PDF File)

Handtool Analysis (PDF File)

Materials Handling (PDF File)

Computer Workstation (PDF File)

Ergonomics Links

HFES - The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the primary technical society for ergonomics students and professionals in the United States.

Ergonomics Society - The primary technical society for ergonomics in the United Kingdom.

ERGOWEB - A web resource with a variety of links and information.

ACGIH - The American Council of Government Industrial Hygienists, provider of Biological Exposure Indices (BEI), Threshold Limit Values (TLV) and many other industrial hygiene resources.

NIOSH - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, lead US government agency for research in occupational safety and health.

OSHA - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the US agency responsible for regulation and enforcement in this area.

NASA - The Habitability and Human Factors Office at Johnson Space Center, including the Space Human Factors Engineering initiative and Space Human Factors Laboratories.

Related Courses

IE 210 - Design and Analysis of Work Systems: Facilities planning and design, workplace design, ergonomics of workplace design, performance measurement and methods engineering.

IE 687- Industrial Safety, 3 cr.(3 and 0): Recognition and prevention of hazards; recognition and control of hazardous materials; developing and managing a safety program; designing inherently safe equipment and workplaces. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

IE 800- Human Factors Engineering: Aspects and use of the human as a detector of product quality, serving as the basis for a taxonomy of human tasks in inspection incorporates models of visual search and human decision making within the quality control framework.

IE 801 - Design and Analysis of Human-machine Systems: Methodologies used in the design and evaluation of human-machine systems, including function and task analysis; questionnaires and interviews; scenarios, mockups, and prototypes; participative design, empirical testing and iterative design; models of human-system interaction; analysis and classification of error; and design of job performance and training aids.

IE 802 - Design of Human-computer Systems: Issues in designing, implementing, maintaining and refining the user interface of interactive computer systems, including interface design theories, models, principles and guidelines; interaction styles; input and output devices; system messages; screen design, manuals, on-line help and tutorials; and iterative design, testing and evaluation.

IE 811 - Human Factors in Quality Control: Aspects and use of the human as a detector of product quality, serving as the basis for a taxonomy of human tasks in inspection incorporates models of visual search and human decision making within the quality control framework.

IE 812 - Design methods for work and work systems; scientific and engineering basis of work and it's analysis.

IE 813 - Theory and applications of ergonomics in work; human performance, fatigue, stress, work patterns, work environment.

IE 815 - Research Methods in Ergonomics: Aspects and use of the human as a detector of product quality, serving as the basis for a taxonomy of human tasks in inspection incorporates models of visual search and human decision making within the quality control framework.

 

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