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Ergonomics Lab

 

Ergonomics is the study, design and integration of human capabilities and limitations into the workplace. The Ergonomics Lab provides undergraduate students with the tools and software to collect data, analyze and provide recommendations for improved human effectiveness and productivity in the workplace.

 

 

 Ergonomics Lab

 

 

In order to support student field studies of human factors in the workplace, the lab currently has equipment for measuring environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, airflow, light and sound levels and sound doses (exposure time-integrals). Other equipment for work-site measurement and evaluation includes push-pull force gauges, Hand grip-force dynamometers, a torque-force gauge, stopwatches, tape measures, counters and a video recorder.

 

 

 

 

 

Lab-based studies can be conducted using available electrogoniometers and accessories for the measurement of joint (elbow, wrist, etc.) angles during work motions, (b) EMG sensors and accessories for the measurement of participating muscle activities, (c) Video-based data extraction system and accessories for acquiring large quantities of biomechanical data measured in (a) and (b), and synchronizing them with their work motions captured on a video tape.   The laboratory provides access (via the in-lab computers and the available computer lab) to Biomechanical modelling software (4D Watbak), Snook and NIOSH evaluation tools, Captiv video analysis software, CAD software, and MannequinPro digital human modelling software. Results from the lab are used in work system design for improving productivity and employee well-being in Canadian workplaces.

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment in the Ergonomics include the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description

Digital Torque Gauge

Digital Torque Gauge - measures torque (moment) around specific point (Quick Guide)

Anemometer

Anemometer - measures air velocity and temperature (Quick Guide)

Humidity Meter

Humidity Meter - measures the temperature and humidity of a given area (Quick Guide)

Hand Dynamometer

Hand Dynamometer - measures grip strength. Tool has different settings to change distance between the palm and fingers (Quick Guide)

Push-Pull Dynamometer

Push-Pull Dynamometer - measures push/pull force applied (Quick Guide)

Light Meter

Light Meter - measures light level (Quick Guide)

EMG Biofeedback System

EMG Biofeedback System - measures electrical activity within a muscle (Quick Guide)

Sound Level Meter

Sound Level Meter - measures sound level in an area in decibels (db) (Quick Guide)

Temperature Gauge

Temperature Gauge - measures the temperature of a given are using a laser (Quick Guide)

Wheel Measure

Wheel Measure - measures the distance travelled along the ground

Goniometer

Goniometer - measures angles (Ex. elbows, knees, etc.)

Mechanical Stopwatch

Mechanical Stopwatch

Electrical Stopwatch

Electrical Stopwatch

 Audio Dosimeter

Audio Dosimeter - measures exposure to sound (Quick Guide)

Hand Force Measurement Kit

Hand Force Measurement Kit - hand measurement kit that measures finger/hand forces (Quick Guide)

Muscled Arm Model

Muscled Arm Model

Muscled Hip Model

Muscled Hip Model

Muscled Knee Model

Muscled Knee Model

Muscled Shoulder Model

Muscled Shoulder Model

Skeleton Model

Skeleton Model