International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

Ergonomic Assessment of School Furniture in Primary Schools in Nigeria
Onawumi, A. S.; Oyawale, F. A.; Dunmade, I. S.

This work considered the micro ergonomics of some facilities used in sampled primary schools with particular focus on how they impact on the pupils. About (24) twenty-four various body characteristics were measured with standard equipment. Characterization of the classroom chairs and tables were also carried out. The data collected from the pupil’s body characteristics were analyzed using percentile statistics the extremes (5th and 95th percentile). A fitness check was conducted to establish the match between the furniture and the users. Some features of the furniture were observed to pose ergonomics issues were by the comfort survey and particular sample case of mismatch between popliteal height sitting body measurement and chair height is noticed at p = 0.05 which rendered the chair uncomfortable for use of the pupils. Ergonomic intervention using participatory ergonomic intervention approach is suggested to mitigate the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorder experienced by the pupil.

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