Acoustics as an Ergonomic Design Factor In an Open Plan Selected Computer Operator Work Stations: The Cyber Cafés Perspective

Adeodu, A. (2013) Acoustics as an Ergonomic Design Factor In an Open Plan Selected Computer Operator Work Stations: The Cyber Cafés Perspective. Acoustics as an Ergonomic Design Factor In an Open Plan Selected Computer Operator Work Stations: The Cyber Cafés Perspective, 4 (8). pp. 1904-1913. ISSN 2229-5518

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this research is to study selected cyber cafe workstations to establish the current practices with reference to acoustic parameters. Also to re-design the work station, if necessary, in order to improve productivity, health safety and comfort of the operators in the work station. Design/Methodology/Approach: Optimising the acoustic design of the work stations can be a complex task because of the number of design parameters that must be considered. This problem has been made much easier by designing for the permissible acoustic limit. Because of the nature of the selected work station, Nomograph estimation method was used. Finally Doppler Effect was used to calculate the permissible acoustic distances between the sources of noise and operators in the work station. Finding: The work station have been examined under the combination of different acoustic parameters. The analysis of the results indicates some deficiencies in the design of the workstation based on the design parameters and standard values from the literatures. Based on the analysis of these results the operators and their clients may likely be exposed to fatigue, work stress and other related diseases. Research Limitation/Implication: For demonstration of the application of the permissible acoustic design approach, a computer operator work station (Open Plan Cyber café) has been re-designed as a real case. The new design it is hoped will contribute to improvement in productivity, health safety and comfort of the operators in the workstation Practical Implication: The proposed permissible acoustic design approach encourages Industrial/Design Engineers that standard permissible acoustic limit must be strictly followed, for the safety of the workers and site of computer operator work station should be in a place of reasonable serenity for maximum concentration. Originality/Value: Reports reveal that acoustic design of an open plan computer operator work station has never been done using multiple acoustic design parameters. The acoustic level of the computer operator work station was re-designed to conform to the standard permissible acoustic level using multiple acoustic design parameters.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acoustic, computer operator, workstation,decibel
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Bayo Ogundipe
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 13:37
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2017 13:37
URI: http://eprints.abuad.edu.ng/id/eprint/269

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