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Journal of Engineering
Volume 2018, Article ID 3543610, 9 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/3543610
Research Article

Design of Ergonomically Fit Classroom Furniture for Primary Schools of Bangladesh

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Khulna 9203, Bangladesh

Correspondence should be addressed to M. S. Parvez; moc.liamg@epi.zevraps

Received 3 July 2017; Revised 31 October 2017; Accepted 27 December 2017; Published 29 January 2018

Academic Editor: Paul C. Xirouchakis

Copyright © 2018 M. S. Parvez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Students spend a large portion of their time in school. In this broadened time of sitting, poor fitting furniture can cause various types of musculoskeletal disorders and discomforts. Thus, it is crucial to use anthropometric data to coordinate the arrangement of school furniture. To fulfill this perception, a survey has been conducted in 10 primary schools in Khulna, Bangladesh. Anthropometric measurements were accumulated from 300 students of these primary schools. Seven furniture dimensions were measured and fifteen anthropometric measurements were taken and they were compared to identify potential mismatch. A significant degree of mismatch was found between furniture and student anthropometric measurements. The results highlighted that desktop height and seat height were found too high and seat width was too small for all of the students. The paper also proposes furniture dimensions, which reduce mismatch percentage of students ranging from 90% to 10%.