The ergonomic quality of office furniture and equipment used in practice can be improved significantly. This helps in increasing comfort, productivity and in the prevention of health problems. The 'finding' of good equipment is a problem due to two main aspects: there is a confusingly large amount of technical documents, standards from the ergonomic point of view (EN 9241), and from the furniture point of view (prEN 1335, prEN 527, ...), as well as legal documents as the Council Directive 90/270/EEC. On the other hand, the variety of human factors that has to be accounted for, like type of task performed, anthropometrics aspects, mobility, etc, is large and is not logically covered by the documents mentioned above. Research is need to find out the origin of the office worker problems, to classify the great variety of tasks performed and individual needs and to generate design criteria and rules to manufacture and prescribe the right equipment to each group of users, taking into account the standard and legal documents. With these rules, an "advisor system" is going to be implemented. Aimed at facilitate to the purchaser the certainty of the fulfilling of the requirements, it is foreseen to create a QUALITY LABEL.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
2922 BG Krimpen Aan Den Yssel