This paper describes the human factors in mining search systems (HFMSS), a computerized information retrieval system that extracts relevant human factors (or ergonomics) information from journal articles, research reports, seminars, and conferences in terms of 19 mining-related categories. Examples of these categories are biomechanics and work physiology, cost-benefit analysis, human error and human reliability, manual materials handling and back injuries, work design and task analysis, organizational and management practices, human factors, and training. Although the emphasis is on obtaining written material dealing directly with mining, in categories where little research has been done in mining, material from other fields that is considered of importance is also entered into the system. Hfmss is the only data base that stresses all of the different areas of human factors as they have been or might be applied to mining, and will initialy be used as a source of information for Bureau of Mines research, Bureau technology transfer, and MSHA.
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