This book focuses exclusively on ergonomics in the design and use of hand tools. Hand tools have been an integral supplement to the human hand since the beginning of civilization. Recently, they have been pinpointed as a prominent cause of workplace disease. Cumulative Trauma Disorders such as Tendonitus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Raynaud's Syndrome are caused by the specialization of motion employed when using a screw driver, the shock to the hand and wrist when a hammer strikes a nail, or the vibration of a power saw. Ergonomics and Safety in Hand Tool Design explores the relationship between Biomechanics, Safety, and Ergonomics allowing the reader to recognize, evaluate, and control ergonomic risk factors and improve hand tool design.
After a history of hand tool use and design, the book is broken down by the various disciplines as they apply to hand tools, taking a broad approach. The author gives special attention to safe design and use, illustrated with detailed diagrams. The text serves as a guide to the human factors in safety and ergonomics for safety professionals.
Table of Contents
History of Hand Tools
Human Factors and the Hand Tool
Epidemiology of Tool Use
Pathology and Physiology of Hand and Arm
Anatomy of the Upper Extremity
Anthropometry of the Hand
Kinesiology of the Arm and Hand
Biomechanics and Hand Tools
Ergonomics and Hand Tools
Safe Design and the Hand Tool
Safe Design and Use of Hand Tools
"CACHA'S book provides an excellent introduction to the basics of various disciplines that apply to hand tools. It is intended for safety professionals, but hand tool designers and ergonomics practitioners could also use it as a reference guide."
-Ergonomics in design, Vol. 9, No. 3, Summer 2001