Using evidence to support the design of submarine control console workstations.


Centre for Ergonomics, and Human Factors, School of Psychology and Public Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3083, Australia. Electronic address: [Email]


OBJECTIVE : This paper outlines an approach to develop practical guidelines to support the design of submarine control console workstations.
METHODS : Guideline development was undertaken for 13 physical design criteria, provided to the research team. Data was gathered from four sources: a systematic literature review, relevant standards, population specific anthropometric data, and user focus groups. The systematic review included risk of bias, quality assessment and evidence synthesis.
CONCLUSIONS : The systematic review retrieved 43 relevant articles in relation to seven of the 13 design criteria. Very few high-quality studies were identified. The combined evidence available from each of the four data sources was collated and used to provide a set of guidelines for each of the 13 criteria, highlighting the importance of the use of multiple data sources. This approach has applicability beyond this study where the need exists to collate evidence sources beyond the scientific literature.


Guidelines,Musculoskeletal disorders,Submarines,Systematic review,Workstation,

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