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The effect of fluid consumption on the forest workers' performance strategy

Staal Wästerlund, Dianne and Chaseling, Janet and Burström, Lage (2004). The effect of fluid consumption on the forest workers' performance strategy. Applied ergonomics. 35:1, 29-36
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Abstract

The heart rate development and time consumption of four Zimbabwean forest workers engaged in manual harvesting were studied to assess their performance strategy and whether this strategy was affected by differences in fluid consumption. Each worker was studied during eight consecutive working days and produced 2.4 m3 pulpwood/day. They consumed either 0.17 l or 0.6 l of water each half hour with one fluid scheme assigned to each day according to a randomised block (person) design with four replicates (days). All workers were found to harvest large trees at the start of the working day and small trees at the end. All workers took longer to complete their task when on the low fluid scheme, however, the effect on the heart rate development varied for the individual workers as the strategies adopted to accommodate the stress inflicted by the low fluid scheme, varied for the individual workers. It is recommended that sufficient fluid supply during work is accompanied by training of the workers to convey the need and benefits of sufficient fluid consumption

Authors/Creators:Staal Wästerlund, Dianne and Chaseling, Janet and Burström, Lage
Title:The effect of fluid consumption on the forest workers' performance strategy
Series/Journal:Applied ergonomics (0003-6870)
Year of publishing :2004
Volume:35
Number:1
Page range:29-36
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN:0003-6870
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > MEDICINE > Social medicine > Public health medicine research areas > Occupational physiology
Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Area technology > Forest engineering
Keywords:dehydration, behavioural choice, work physiology
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-2-59
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-2-59
ID Code:3644
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Dianne Wästerlund
Deposited On:31 Mar 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:23

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