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Evaluation the discomfort level for students Polytechnic Kuching Sarawak sitting on chairs

Ali, Mahmood and Salit, Mohd Sapuan and Karuppiah, Karmegam and Ahmed, Abu Saleh (2016) Evaluation the discomfort level for students Polytechnic Kuching Sarawak sitting on chairs. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 16 (suppl.1). pp. 36-43. ISSN 1675-0306

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This study was conducted to evaluate the discomfort level of students from the Polytechnic Kuching Sarawak while they were sitting on chairs. Polytechnic Kuching students (n=500) completed a set of questionnaires utilizing a survey form which showed the body chart discomfort using Borg’s CR-10 Scale. The students was asked to identify body areas experiencing discomfort and to rate this discomfort using score rating groups (0 to 5) where score 0-1.99 = No discomfort (1), score 2.00-3.99 = Discomfort (2) and score 4.00-5.00 = Very uncomfortable (3). The evaluation of seating discomfort levels showed acceptable levels for the students and possible outstanding problems. Students were asked to rank over an order 10 statements about comfort and choose three responses which gave the most consistent equal interval scale. The results showed that the main response of discomfort indicated the students felt cramped, stiff, numb, sore and tender muscle, unbearable pain, barely comfortable and uncomfortable. This project was identified to evaluate the comfort level for classrooms chairs of polytechnic students. Overall, there was a significant discomfort level for the students whilst sitting on chairs and a possible solution put forward is to design a new type of classroom chair made of natural fibre reinforced composite.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Classroom chairs; Evaluate comfort level; Polytechnic students
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
Publisher:Malaysian Public Health Physicians' Association
ID Code:3676
Deposited By: Nabilah Mustapa
Deposited On:01 Dec 2009 09:21
Last Modified:20 Jun 2016 13:40

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