A study of office ergonomics in relation to health and safety and office design

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Browne, Alan
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BA (Hons) in Business Information Management
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this dissertation is to increase awareness among the working populace of Ergonomic Health and Safety issues and thus aid improvement of working environments. This dissertation has been divided into two main sections. The first section deals with Ergonomic implications that should be taken into account during the initial design of the office environment. The second section deals with the design of the ergonomically friendly workstation and is intended to be used as a teaching aid for workers on how to improve their workstations, reduce ergonomic injuries and improve productivity. Both primary and secondary research was conducted for this dissertation. The purpose of the secondary research was to provide me with an understanding and overview of Ergonomics in relation to employee health and safety. From this understanding it was then possible to complete this dissertation, which would hopefully enable anyone who reads it to also gain an understanding of the health and safety aspects of Ergonomics within the workplace. The primary research for this dissertation was completed by collecting and analysing data gained through questionnaires issued to the offices of two organisations.