Evaluation of classroom furniture design for Ecuadorian university students: An anthropometry-based approach

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Abstract

It is widely known that students' exposure to poor postures due to inappropriate classroom furniture design may contribute to the increase of the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders symptoms that if not identified on time could lead to severe health issues. In this context, due to the unavailability of scientific studies related to this topic in Ecuador, the aim of this research is twofold. The first aim was to define the classroom furniture design parameters' dimensions for university students according to relevant anthropometric information. The second aim is to conduct a preliminary diagnostic of the appropriateness of classroom furniture currently used in Ecuadorian universities to students' anthropometric characteristics. The obtained results are particularly relevant as the ten design parameters here proposed could be the starting point to the creation of a specific Ecuadorian standard to regulate classroom furniture design for university students. That would ensure domestic and foreign manufacturers could offer furniture more secure and adequate to the anthropometric characteristics of the university population of Ecuador. On the other hand, the preliminary study found evidence that all the examined classroom furniture presented mismatches in at least five design parameters, and students exposed to them over the past twelve months had a high prevalence of symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders in the hips, back, thighs, and neck.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-172
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in Science, Technology and Engineering Systems
Volume4
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author would like to thank Universidad Polit?cnica Salesiana for funding this research. Also, a special acknowledge is dedicated to all the industrial engineering students who helped to collect relevant data.

Funding Information:
The author would like to thank Universidad Politécnica Salesiana for funding this research. Also, a special acknowledge is dedicated to all the industrial engineering students who helped to collect relevant data.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 ASTES Publishers. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Anthropometry
  • Classroom furniture
  • Design evaluation
  • Ergonomic design
  • Musculoskeletal disorders

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