Knowing the elderly person’s physical capability and limitations could assist ergonomists, engineers and designers to design environments, products and tasks to accommodate this population. Therefore, future researchers should conduct research on other elderly instrumental activity of daily living (IADLs). Compilation of several studies using method applied in this study hopefully will end-up with ‘code of practice or design guidelines’ for elderly tasks, products or environments. Besides positively facilitating the elderly person’s life, the application of research findings could also be beneficial to other age cohort’s such as adults or the younger population. Furthermore,

106 this will provide better understanding about the elderly living-in-place and their limitations towards instrumental activity of daily living.

In conclusion, the increase in the aging population in Malaysia is inevitable. The aged population has its own unique problems and will generate new challenges and demands to designers, engineers and ergonomists. We will all age and we later on become independent and require the services for the aged at some point in time.


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These questions are an integral part of the ergonomic study of kitchen design for the Malaysian elderly conducted by the Department of Engineering Design & Manufacture,

Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya.

These questions are designed to get your feedback regarding daily tasks and issues pertaining task performing experiences such as pain, discomfort and fatigue.

Your answers will be kept confidential and only be used for academic purposes in order to suggest ergonomic task performing and work space improvements.

Thank you for your cooperation.









Subject No:………./……….


1. How important house-keeping is to you?

1……….……....2………….….3……...…4...5 Not Important Less Important Fair Important Very Important

2. How important food preparing task is to you?

1……….……....2………….….3……...…4………..5 Not Important Less Important Fair Important Very Important

3. What is your tiredness level of the house-keeping task?

1……….………...2…………..…3……….4……..……….….5 Not Tired Less Tired Fair Tired Very Tired

4. What is your tiredness level of the food preparing task?

1……….………...2…………..…3……….4……..……….….5 Not Tired Less Tired Fair Tired Very Tired

Please circle the number that describes the nature of your daily task.

Please do ask if you have any problem or require further clarification.



You are allowed to tick (√) only ONCE in any column regarding level of fatigue on your body part below.

1 – No tire/pain/discomfort 2 – Less tire/pain/discomfort 3 – Fair

4 – Tire/pain/discomfort 5 – Very tire/pain/discomfort

No. Body parts 1 2 3 4 5

1 Foot sole 2 Calf

3 Thigh

4 Wrist

5 Arm

6 Waist

7 Back

8 Shoulder

9 Neck

Please tick (√) the column that described your level of tire, pain or discomfort on your body parts while performing frying task in the


Please do ask if you have any problem or require further clarification.

Subject No:………./……….



1. The kitchen triangle: Total distance between the refrigerator, sink and

stove: ………

2. Kitchen temperature: ………°C.

3. Kitchen humidity:. ………...%RH.

4. Kitchen brightness: .………...lux.

Subject No:………./……….



No. Description of Physical Measurement Measurement

1 Body Height cm

2 Shoulder Height cm

3 Waist Height cm

4 Elbow Height cm

5 Knee Height cm

6 Shoulder Width cm

7 Hips Width cm

8 Shoulder to Thumb-tip Length cm

9 Eye-level Height cm

10 Arm Length cm

11 Shoulder-Elbow Length cm

12 Arm Span cm

13 Elbow-elbow Span cm

14 Foot Length cm

15 Foot Width cm

16 Body Weight kg

Subject No:………./……….



Measurements are taken using Elektrokardiogram (EKG), before and after performing 5 minutes frying task. Analysis is performed using Vernier LabPro apparatus.

No. Name

Heart Rate/sec. (EKG)

Minimum Maximum SD

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30



Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) introduced by Sue Hignett and Lynn McAtamney (2000).




Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale (IADL) introduced by M.P.Lawton &

E.M.Brody (1969).









125 N3


126 N5


127 N7


128 N9


129 N11


130 N13


131 N15


132 N17


133 N19


134 N21


135 N23


136 N25


137 N27


138 N29











Classes / Courses Attended

a. Applied Ergonomics at Cititel Mid-Valley Hotel, KL on 27-29th June 2006 b. KGX 6103 Ergonomics in Manufacturing. Semester 1, 2006/2007 Faculty of

Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

c. Basic Statistics (SPSS V13) at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor on 15-16th December 2005.

d. Advanced Statistics (SPSS V15) at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor on April & May 2009.

Guided Readings

a. Methodological issues, theory and philosophy.

b. Ergonomics issues, material handling, musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), Cumulative trauma disorder (CTDs), task performance.

c. Design issues, therapeutic products, universal design, design for all.

d. Elderly issues, demography, statistics, BADLs and IADLs.

e. Books covered ergonomics, design, manufacturing, research approaches and many more from related sources as noted in the references of this writing.

f. Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) g. Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA)

h. Literature from research papers and Journals related to human factors such as ergonomics, applied ergonomics, industrial ergonomics, human factors, physiology, biomechanics, gerontology, gerontechnology and some medical journals.

i. Conference proceedings.


a. 14 week lab sessions during KGX 6103 class held in Ergonomics Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

b. Lab sessions during the Applied Ergonomics Workshop at Cititel Mid-Valley Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Departmental Seminar

a. Research Student Presentations. CPDM. Progress of research work. End of each semester.

b. 19th. December 2006. Meeting Room, JKRP. Defend of research proposal.

c. 22-23rd. December 2008. Seminar Room, JKRP. Progress of research work.

145 d. 17-18th June 2009. Seminar Room, JKRP. Presentation of second paper

Title: A Biomechanical Study of Grip and Pinch Strength among Malaysian Elderly Population

e. 28-30th December 2009. Seminar Room, JKRP. Progress of research work.

f. 22nd.December 2010.Seminar Room, JKRP. Progress of research work and thesis writing.

Seminar and Conferences

a. 3rd. – 5th December 2007. International Conference on Ergonomics 2007.

Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Conference committee member.

b. 3rd. – 5th December 2008. The 9th. Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering &

Management Systems (APIEMS 2008) Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Title of paper: Ergonomics Consideration in the Design of Products for the Elderly Population.

c. 1st.-2nd. December 2010. Sustainable Tropical Environmental Design Conference 2010 (SusTED’10). Dewan Taklimat UPM. Organised by Faculty of Design & Architecture, UPM. Conference committee member as well as chairperson of one parallel session.

d. 7th. – 10th December 2010. The 11th. Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering &

Management Systems Conference (APIEMS 2010) Melaka, Malaysia. Title of paper: The Ergonomics Study of Elderly Cooking Space: Kitchen Triangle. Also as chairperson of two parallel sessions.

e. 20th. December 2010. Seminar on Promoting Ergonomics Awareness and Practice. Organised by Malaysian Society for Engineering & Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang Selangor.

Candidature Defence

All PhD students must present and pass his/her research in a session called

‘candidature defence’ as requested by Institute of Graduate Studies, University of Malaya for its new regulation. It was held at the CPDM Seminar Room, Faculty of Engineering on 4th. May 2011.

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