Strenght and Stamina Booster

                 The connection between nutrition and stamina is straightforward: food is fuel. along with oxygen it is our primary source of energy. just as we will become fatigued and perform at a lower level when deprived of enough oxygen our energy will drop off when given inadequate nourishment. that is why in this chapter we are going to focus on how the choices we make regarding what we eat and drink can either support—or undermine—our objectives in key areas of stamina: keeping our energy level high without drop-offs strengthening our immune system and Read more

Interaction of posture, forces and time

                  “The safety of the body is ensured by considering its weakest link.”                      It is important to remember that the interaction between posture, force and time may sometimes increase or decrease the total risk (increased probability and severity of injuries) considerably. It is for instance not necessarily true that lifting heavy weights is always a risk; this is acceptable as long as it is done infrequently (to ensure recovery) and with good posture.                   Read more

Physical Loading

                          Based on the knowledge you have acquired in (Basic Anatomy and Physiology), you now have an understanding of how the body’s locomotive. Structures allow movement and the handling of loads. In this chapter, we turn that anatomical and physiological knowledge into mechanical principles of loading, allowing you to identify, analyse and evaluate the greatest risks for physical injury in the workplace.                          One of the great strengths of engineering is the ability to make simplifications in Read more

WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THIS AS AN ENGINEER?

                      From a physical point of view, having a basic understanding of the human body’s strengths, abilities, and limitations is an important basis for making well thought-out tweaks to the design of the workplace, in order to build work systems that are not a risk to huma health or performance. Knowing how your muscles, bones and joints work may seem like a far cry from your engineering work, but it will significantly help your understanding in later  chapters where physical loading and methods of ergonomics evaluation are  discussed. Another thing Read more

Different engineering roles act on different types of knowledge

                    Engineers may end up playing a variety of different (sometimes overlapping) roles in their professional career. Each with their distinct scope, system level and operational concerns – some switch between several of these throughout their working life, depending on how specialized their working role is and at what system level they are. Expected to address problem solving. For example, an engineer may act on a specialized, operative level with responsibility for a single  production line, which would require specific methods and  knowledge to optimize for human well-being and performance.   Read more

What is ergonomics/human factors?

                  For many people, the word ergonomic is associated primarily with comfy office chairs, the correct labeled “ergonomic”, like kitchenware, backpacks or gardening tools. The word itself comes from the Greek roots ergon (work)and nomos (laws)androughlytranslatesto“th scienceofwork”,focusingonhumanactivity. The purpose of production ergonomics               It can be assumed that anyone in charge of a production system would want all of its sub-components to function together with as much ease and efficiency as possible. When part of that production system is human, the performance of the system as Read more