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Howard Frumkin, Robert Geller, I. Leslie Rubin, and Janice Nodvin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179477.001.0001

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Ergonomics for Students and Staff

Ergonomics for Students and Staff

(p.58) 6 Ergonomics for Students and Staff
Safe and Healthy School Environments

Cheryl Bennett

Andree Woodcock

Diane Tien

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews three pressing ergonomic concerns in schools—furniture, information and communications technology (ICT), and school bags—to illustrate the role of ergonomics in promoting the long-term health of the next generation and in making school environments safer. General physical fitness, posture, back pain, and back care are related to furniture, information and communication technology, and school bags. Ergonomic practices are often cost effective; many can be implemented through education, procedural changes, or adjustments to existing equipment or furniture.

Keywords:   school environment, classroom furniture, information and communications technology, school bags

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