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AE 609 ERGONOMICS AND SAFETY IN AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS                                                                               (2L+1P) II

Objective
To deign machines, tools and work environment based on human capabilities and limitations.

Theory

UNIT I
Importance and scope of ergonomics in Indian agriculture; Assessment of occupational health hazards on Indian farms.

UNIT II
Anthropometry and biomechanics.

UNIT III
Work physiology, stress indices and their methods of measurement: mechanical efficiency of work and assessment of work performance; work physiology in various agricultural tasks, and sustainable limits.

UNIT IV
Ergonomics and safety considerations in the tools, equipment, controls and work space; injury concept and prevention methods, injury severity assessment, determination of postural discomfort, Farm safety legislation

UNIT V
Mechanical environment; noise, vibration, dust and illumination and their physiological effects;

Practicals
Assessment of occupational health hazards on Indian farms, measurement of static and dynamic anthropometric dimensions, postural discomfort and overall tiredness level, assessment of tractor layout, ergonomic evaluation of hand tools used on farm, noise exposure assessment, measurement of vibration, assessment of dust concentration in breathing zone of a worker, analysis of an injury using Haddon’s Matrix

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