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Disabled Persons

Volume 884: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if any work study has been done on work stations for disabled whether in factories, workshops, offices or at home; if the Department has a document or book of advice regarding possible optimum work stations; and if he will make a statement.

The term "work stations" is not included in the glossary of work study terms published by the British Standards Institution, but I assume that the Question is concerned with ergonomics, or the adaptation of jobs, for disabled people. This field has been studied by a number of bodies in this country and abroad. The International Labour Office published an extremely useful handbook on the subject in 1969 and this handbook is issued to the disablement resettlement officers of the Employment Service Agency and is, of course, available to employers and others interested in resettling disabled people.