The demands and benefits of ergonomics in Sri Lankan apparel industry
Number of Authors: 2
2016 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 55, no 2, 255-261 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Apparel exports bring in sizeable foreign income to Sri Lanka. To protect and promote this industry is a paramount need. This can be carried out by applying Human Factors/Ergonomics (HFE) which has proved to control negative effects at work places. This paper reports a case study which describes the demands and benefits of HFE in MAS Holdings which owns a large share of the apparel industry in Sri Lanka.The study consisted of walk through observation survey, a questionnaire survey and ergonomic work place analysis followed by a training programme to selected employees in three companies.Positive responses to questionnaires revealed good ergonomic practices in the work places surveyed. Ergonomically unfit chairs and potential hazards e.g. exposure to noise and hot environment were detected. It is seen that MAS have introduced strategies originated by Toyota Production System viz. 5S, Kaizen, six sigma etc., which are in fact ergonomic methods. A progressive project MAS boast of viz. ‘MAS Operating System’ (MOS) empowers training and development to employees.MAS Holdings has adequately realized the benefits of applying HFE as evident by the number of awards received. Relevant companies were advised to take appropriate corrective measures to control the potential hazards.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IOS Press, 2016. Vol. 55, no 2, 255-261 p.
Human factors, advantages, needs, garments
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Other Civil Engineering
Research subject Operation and Maintenance
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-62769DOI: 10.3233/WOR-162393OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-62769DiVA: diva2:1085494