Development of a Personal Digital Assistant Ergonomic Injury Assessment Tool
Final rept., 17 Feb 2004-30 Jul 2005
ARMY CENTER FOR HEALTH PROMOTION AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The goal of this study was to begin the development of a computer-based software tool to automate the survey and reporting functions for ergonomic assessments. Ten Department of Defense installations participated in the beta test. The program was tested for user acceptability in the areas of system design, checklist design and content, report design and content, and proficiency. The beta test showed that the tool developed is a good first step in the development of an ergonomic checklist tool. The beta test users responded that the tool met many of the requirements needed for an ergonomic survey checklist, and that with a little practice and effort the majority of users can become proficient with the system. This proficiency will allow users to maximize their time spent in ergonomic efforts. The beta test also showed that the tool needs further development relative to the reporting function before further implementation can proceed.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies