Hazard 28 - Ergonomics - Position and Operability of Amenities
This hazard covers threats of physical strain associated with functional space and other features at dwellings.
The positioning and location of amenities, fittings and equipment and the design and layout of dwellings has an effect on convenience of use. Inappropriate positioning of amenities and equipment may cause physical strain. For example, strain can result from awkward positioning of windows, difficult to operate window catches, inadequate functional space such as low headroom, inadequate space around bathroom or kitchen facilities, or inappropriate siting of facilities.
Vulnerable Group: All persons 60 or more years of age
Defects & Justifications
Position of amenity - inappropriate positioning of a wash hand basin, bath, shower, bidet and/or sanitary basin.
Space for amenity - inadequate functional space for the use of a wash hand basin, bath, shower, bidet and/or sanitary basin.
Kitchen worktops - inappropriate positioning of a worktop and/or sink.
Kitchen space - inadequate functional space for the use of cooking facilities, worktops and/or sinks.
High level storage - inappropriate siting of a shelf or wall cupboard.
Window controls - inappropriate positioning of window controls.
Electric switch/sockets - inappropriate siting of electric switch and/or socket outlet.
Operation of windows etc - stiff or otherwise difficult operation of window, door, or tap handles and catches.