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Development of an ergonomic cleaning tool and its evaluation
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Cleaning is an important activity in day-to-day life as well as professional lives. It has positive effects on the productivity and quality of work. In this study cleaning process was studied and analysed with special reference to cleaning tools and cleaning process. The traditional cleaning tool used by the professional cleaners for the passenger train wagons in Luleå was redesigned. A group of 13 professional cleaners participated in this study. All of them used traditional and redesigned cleaning tool while cleaning the wagon floor. Oxygen consumption, heart rate, rating of perceived exertion, postural analysis and subjective assessment were obtained during floor cleaning. There was less perceived exertion during cleaning task when the “redesigned tool” was used than that of the “traditional tool”. In terms of oxygen consumption cleaning with the redesigned tool (mean 0.84 l/m, SD ±0.17) significantly less (p<0.05) compared to the traditional tool (mean 0.94 l/m, sd ±0.18). heart rate was also found statistically significant (p<0.05) using redesigned tool (mean 101 bpm, sd ±11.10) compared to that of traditional tool (mean 105 bpm, sd ±12.59). using redesigned tool postural angle of the trunk was also found significantly less (p<0.05) than that of traditional tool. however, statistically significant results were also obtained in two aspects of subjective assessment, namely: “ease of cleaning in furnished place” and “ease of cleaning under the low height bed/berth”. based on these results, it was concluded that redesigned cleaning tool could be recommended as less strenuous than traditional cleaning tool.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001.
Keyword [en]
Technology, Cleaning process: cleaning tool: new design, Energy, expenditure: Perceived exertion: Subjective assessment
Keyword [sv]
Teknik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-47705ISRN: LTU-EX--01/143--SELocal ID: 539a5e63-78c4-42c5-b007-f98a3424d0d5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-47705DiVA: diva2:1021033
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Ergonomics, master's level
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Note
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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