Chapter 16

Environmental ergonomics

E.J. Skilling and C. Munro


The relevant topics within environmental ergonomics include: thermal comfort, lighting, noise, and vibration. Poorly designed working environments and/or insufficient management of environmental factors can have a significant effect on health, well-being, and performance. The effects are both psychological and physical and it is widely recognized that poor design can lead to lower productivity, increased potential for human error, and increased risk of physical discomfort or injury. Guidance is provided in relation to physiological tolerance for thermal factors; lighting requirements for different types of work; noise in relation to noise-induced hearing loss, noise as a stressor, ...

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