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Title: Ergonomics Investigations across Durable Goods Manufacturing Sector In India: An Insight
Authors: Sanjog, J
Patel, Thaneswer
Chowdhury, Anirban
Kumar, Surendra
Karmakar, Sougata
Keywords: Durable good
Manufacturing sectors
Physical ergonomics research
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Department of Human Physiology with Community Health , Vidyasagar University , Midnapore , West Bengal
Series/Report no.: HWWE;2013
Abstract: In Indian scenario, ignorance towards ergonomics, the science of human-machine compatibility is prominent across all industries. Very limited efforts have been taken to investigate physical ergonomics aspects of manufacturing shop floor and implementation of research outcome. Present paper which is an attempt to collect essential information on physical ergonomics research and development in durable goods (brick, steel, lock, automobile parts, glass etc.) manufacturing sector in India, will help to understand ergonomics methodology adopted, manner in which issues have been addressed and also to know current state of affairs of ergonomics research in these sectors. Literatures from various sources were studied to achieve intended goal of present review. Research efforts mainly relate to workstation/workspace evaluation and design; manufacturing activities; material handling; anthropometry; working postures; occupational health of workers and physical work environment. It is highly apparent that physical ergonomics aspects were not given much thought in India while installing and commissioning majority of production units (large, medium, small, and micro). As a result, durable goods manufacturing industries in this country are affecting workers wellbeing and are far from being human centric or user friendly. Research and educational institutions, both at regional and national level should take initiatives to address the issue regarding deficiency of worker friendly manufacturing activities. Government, industry, academia collaborations should compulsorily be initiated for further strengthening research and application of ergonomics. Benefits brought forth by application of ergonomics should be made aware to all concerned, so that investigations from ergonomics perspective are not treated with suspicion and discouraged, but encouraged positively.
Description: Industrial Ergonomics
ISBN: 9789351749059
Appears in Collections:Ergonomics for Rural Development

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