Describes how the principles of ergonomics should be applied by occupational therapists. It demonstrates how to create functional environments to prevent injuries and enabling people with disabilities to engage in everyday occupations. Occupational stress and other psychological variables are considered in the ergonomics of work. It includes case studies of an administrative secretary, industrial worker, assembly line food handler and maintenance worker. The book provides material for applying ergonomic principles to the work environment, including descriptions of the most common injuries occurring at work, occupational rehabilitation programs, job analysis, functional capacity assessments, and work samples.
Content includes: 1. Introduction : purposes, theory and assumptions -- 2. Applying ergonomic principles in the home environment -- 3. The case study of Ben : prescription and use of a wheelchair -- 4. The case study of Emmy : preventing accidental falls among older adults -- 5. Applying ergonomic principles to the worker and work environment -- 6. Occupational stress in the workplace -- 7. The case study of an administrative secretary : Working at a computer station -- 8. Using ergonomic principles to effect change in industry -- 9. A brief history of occupational medicine and ergonomics.