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RECYCLING BINS AND ERGONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS

V. Ryan 2009

 

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A local council has employed a team of experts to design the handle for a recycling bin. Unfortunately they employed the wrong team as they have ignored ergonomic factors. Ergonomics is all about collecting measurements and applying them to a design. The design team have failed to measure the hands of potential users. As a result of ergonomics not being considered, the bin’s handle is far too large for its purpose - it is not suitable for the hands of users and is potentially dangerous.
The design team should have collected a range of measurements/sizes of potential users hands and fingers. The design and size of the handle should be based on these ‘ergonomic’ measurements. This is likely to ensure that it is the correct size for its function / purpose. The diagram opposite display some of the important measurements that need collecting.
 
 
Two important ergonomic measurements for the design and manufacture of recycling bins are shown below. ‘A’ is the measurement to the height of the handle. If this is too high or too low the bin will be uncomfortable to move a moving a heavy bin could lead to back injury.
Measurement ‘B’ is represents overall reach of potential users. It must be possible to open the bin lid to its full extent, comfortably.
 
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