Ergonomic Solutions for the Process Industries

1st Edition

Authors: Dennis Attwood Joseph Deeb, Ph.D., CPE, M.Erg.S. Mary Danz-Reece
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750677042
eBook ISBN: 9780080470078
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 19th December 2003
Page Count: 480
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Work-related injuries, such as back injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome, are the most prevalent, most EXPENSIVE, and most preventable workplace injuries, accounting for more than 647,000 lost days of work annually (according to OSHA estimates). Such injuries, and many others, can be prevented in your facility by establishing an ergonomic design. This book shows you how to apply simple Ergonomic tools and procedures in your plant.

Challenging worldwide regulations are forcing some companies to spend thousands of dollars per affected employee in order to comply. This book shows you how to comply with these regulations at a fraction of the cost, in the most timely, efficient method possible.

Key Features

*Learn how to use the Human Factors/Ergonomics tools in process industries

*Identify and prioritize Ergonomic issues, develop interventions, and measure their effects

*Apply Ergonomics to the design of new facilities


The Process Industries, such as petrochemical, paper, and pharmaceutical: Safety engineers and project personnel within the process organization (usually at larger companies), safety consultants (smaller companies), and students in engineering courses.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements Author Disclaimer

  1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Chapter review 1.2.1 Chapter 2: Personal Factors 1.2.2 Chapter 3: Physical Factors 1.2.3 Chapter 4: Environmental Factors 1.2.4 Chapter 5: Equipment Design 1.2.5 Chapter 6: Workplace Design 1.2.6 Chapter 7: Job Factors 1.2.7 Chapter 8: Information Processing 1.2.8 Chapter 9: Human Factors in the Planning, Design and Execution of Projects 1.3 Model for the Systematic Implementation of Ergonomics/ Human Factors 1.4 Review Questions: Test your understanding of the Material in this Chapter 1.5 References

  2. PERSONAL FACTORS 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Sensory and Cognitive Capabilities 2.2.1 Visual Sense Accommodation of the Eye Visual Field Process of Adaptation Color Vision Visual Acuity Age

    2.2.2 Auditory Sense 2.2.3 Cognitive Capabilities Attention Perception Memory Decision Making

    2.2.4 Summary of Information Processing 2.3 Physical Capabilities 2.3.1 Muscular Strength and Endurance Factors Affecting Strength Endurance and Fatigue

    2.3.2 Anthropometry: Body Size Sources of Body Size Variability Principles of Body Size Application

    2.4 Case Study 2.4.1 Method Participants Equipment Procedure

    2.4.2 Data Colle


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About the Author

Dennis Attwood

Dennis Attwood has over 34 years of experience as a specialist in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics. He joined Risk, Reliability, Safety (RRS) Engineering USA in 2003 after 21 years with ExxonMobil Corporation as a Human Factors Specialist. Dennis has authored over 100 publications in the field, and holds a Bachelor's of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and a Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

Risk Reliability and Safety Engineering LLC, Texas, USA

Joseph Deeb, Ph.D., CPE, M.Erg.S.

Joseph M. Deeb has over twenty years of experience in both University teaching and research and in applying Human Factors and Ergonomics to a wide range of industry businesses. Since joining ExxonMobil company,over 11years ago, Joe has provided Human Factors and Ergonomics global support for its operations. Joe has authored a number of external publications, both in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and internal reports.

Affiliations and Expertise

ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences Inc. , New Jersey, USA

Mary Danz-Reece

Mary Danz-Reece, a certified professional ergonomist, currently heads the business planning section at ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc. and has previously headed the Human Factors and Chemicals Toxicology Sections. Since joining ExxonMobil in 1991, Mary has provided human factors expertise to ExxonMobil operations including on-and offshore production, refining, chemical manufacturing, fuels marketing and mining operations. Mary has been recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of ergonomics by the Ergonomics division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Affiliations and Expertise

ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences Inc. , New Jersey, USA