Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ergonomics I

1. Compare the 2 different workplaces, state your observations.
Compared to workplace 2, workplace 1 seems to be less of a efficient working environment because it seems to be uncomfortable, complicated, unorganised and distracting/disruptive. The space around the worker in workplace 1 seems to have a limited amount of space, thus, making the work much harder for the worker to actually carry out what he has to do whereas in workplace 2, he could do everything he needed to do with ease and also, comfort. All of the designs are also adjustable to fit one’s preferences. This is actually a good initiative as different people would actually have different preferences of their own and thus, making to only one preference, like the workplace 1’s working furniture, could cause a lot of problems to those who cannot adapt to it. Another thing is that workplace 1 seems to be much more safer than workplace 2 too and that is one of the important factors in ergonomics that we would have to take note.
2. Which workplace is preferred? State with reasons why one workplace is preferred over the other.
Workplace 2 is much preferred over workplace 1 as it actually has all the innovative products that actually make the working environment around someone easily accessible. In addition to that, it makes doing work painless and without stress needed. For example, the freedom chair does not actually constrict movement whereas the chair from workplace 1 causes a lot of problems as it is hard to move about and you really need to move a lot when you’re working in the office or a working environment. Height and depth was also being taken to notice as it could disrupt your eyesight and slow down the working process. Also, workplace 2 seems to be much safer than workplace 1.
3. What are the considerations that should be taken into account when designing a workplace that is suitable for the user?
There are actually five main important factors. They are the comfort and simplicity, the height and depth, the lighting around, the freedom of movement and usable desk space.
4. Why do you think that Ergonomics is important when designing?
Ergonomics is important as it could actually affect the way someone actually works as it is actually the working environment around them. Ergonomics could also affect the product rate of a particular company, thus affecting the economy.

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