Risk Factors for Housekeeping Employees in their Work Areas and the Ergonomic Solutions

By Selda Coskuner and Oya Hazer.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Housekeeping is a very physically demanding job that includes many tasks. Evaluating the housekeeping services, one finds that many of the tasks are repetitive in nature such as mopping, buffing, vacuuming, emptying garbage, tidying, dusting and sweeping floors. People are required to carry or move tons of trash and debris every day and it is easy to see that many of the injury types are directly related to the tasks performed in housekeeping operations. In addition to the cost of human suffering, lost work days represent a financial burden on the organization. Ergonomics is the practice of designing equipment and works tasks to conform to the capability of the worker, it provides a means for adjusting the work environment and work practices to prevent injuries before they occur. The aim of the ergonomics is to fit the work to the worker. Effective ergonomic design provides work stations, tools and equipments which are comfortable and efficient for the worker to use. It also creates work environments that is healthy, and it reorganizes the work process to control or eliminate hazards.

Keywords: Housekeeping, Housekeeping Employee, Ergonomics, Risk Factors

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 12, pp.19-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.435MB).

Asst. Prof. Selda Coskuner

Research Assistant, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Selda Coşkuner is a research assistant of Family and Consumer Sciences at Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Hacettepe University. Her research interests include housekeeping, organizational commitment, housing and health. Her interests are reading, swimming, yoga.

Assoc. Prof. Oya Hazer

Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Oya Hazer is an Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of ergonomics and aging. Dr. Hazer’s research interests include household equipment and ergonomics, housing storage and ergonomics, and ergonomics in the home. She has published in a variety of journals and congress. Some of them are: - Hazer, O., “Household Equipment. An Ergonomics Approach for Handicapped People”, I. International Care Congress, 02-08 May, Istanbul, 2005 - Hazer, O., S.S., Erel, “The Determination of The Design Needs of Housing Storage Areas by an Ergonomics Approach”, Standart Ekonomik ve Teknik Dergi, 38:452; 55-63, (1999). - Hazer, O., “The Importance of Ergonomics in the Home”, Tüketici Bülteni (Consumer Bulletin), yıl: 11, sayı: 132, Temmuz, 1999 - Hazer, O., “Ergonomics Design of Household Equipment”, Tüketici Bülteni (Consumer Bulletin), yıl: 11, sayı: 132, Temmuz, 1999 - Hazer, O., “Household Equipment. An Ergonomics Approach for Elderly People”. Second International Aging Congress, 299-304, 9-12 Nisan, Denizli, 2003. - Terzioğlu, G., S. Güven, O. Hazer, H. Öztop, A. Şener, “Social and Economic Life in Old Age”, the Facts about Elderly. A Study on Health Conditions, Physical Activities and Social Lives of Individuals Over 65 Years of Age, ed. J. Troesi and Y.G. Kutsal, International Institution Aging with support of Hacettepe University Scientific Research Unit, 2004. - Hazer, O., V. Kılınç, “Study on technology usage of Elderly in Daily Living”, III. Aging Congress, 16-19 Kasım, İzmir, 2005.

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