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Visual Ergonomics in Control Room Environments: A Case Study from a Swedish Paper Mill
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Kalmar Maritime Academy. (Maritime Science)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2942-1584
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) / [ed] Bagnara S., Tartaglia R., Albolino S., Alexander T., Fujita Y., Cham: Springer, 2019, p. 180-189Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents results from a case study at a Swedish papermill. The study is part of a larger ongoing research project aiming to investigatevisual ergonomics in control room environments. Visual conditions were measuredand evaluated in five control rooms, and nine process operators answeredquestions about perceived workload and visual experience.The participating operators rated their mental workload as being the highest,but also mentioned a high physical load and time pressure. Six operators indicatedthat they had work-related eye problems and experienced pronounced eyefatigue, as well as eye discomfort, sore eyes and blurred vision.In one of the visited control rooms, where the operators indicated that theyoften experienced eye problems, the operators were clearly subjected to glare.Light was reflected within the field of view from a steel plate outside the controlroom windows. Compared to recommendations for office workplaces, the illuminancelevels were low in all control rooms except one, causing contrast glaresince computer screens generally had a higher luminance. Low contrasts werealso identified in the computer screens between background and characters. In conclusion, the measured visual conditions could be related to an increasedvisual load, leading to visual discomfort. This may lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, and contribute towards an unnecessary high mental load. Recommendations are suggested of how lighting conditions van be improved.

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Cham: Springer, 2019. p. 180-189
Series
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, E-ISSN 2194-5365 ; 821
Keywords [en]
Visual demands, Contrast glare, Lighting design
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77710DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96059-3_20Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85051827109ISBN: 978-3-319-96079-1 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-96080-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-77710DiVA, id: diva2:1247816
Conference
The 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018)
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AFA Insurance, 160255Available from: 2018-09-13 Created: 2018-09-13 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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