Influence of measurement accuracy on the application of the 1991 NIOSH equation.
Dempsey-PG; Burdorf-A; Fathallah-FA; Sorock-GS; Hashemi-L
Appl Ergon 2001 Feb; 32(1):91-99
A relatively neglected topic in manual materials handling (MMH) research is the impact of the accuracy of task parameter measurements on the application of various assessment methods. A laboratory experiment was conducted to investigate the accuracy of NIOSH equation parameter measurements made by eight subjects following a 4-h training session. Five individual tasks were measured; two were single tasks and three were part of a multiple-component simulated palletizing operation. Significant differences between reference parameter measurements and average measurements made by subjects were found. The sensitivity analysis showed that frequency and horizontal location are the most important parameters. These parameters also tended to have the highest measurement errors. Recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of training programs for NIOSH equation users based on the results of the study are presented.
Laboratories; Laboratory-equipment; Laboratory-techniques; Laboratory-testing; Laboratory-work; Materials-handling; Materials-handling-equipment; Materials-storage; Materials-testing; Materials-transport; Analytical-instruments; Analytical-methods; Training
P. G. Dempsey, Liberty Mutual Research Center for Safety and Health, Hopkinton, MA 01748
University of California - Davis