Tool And Task Design Challenges For Left Handers: A Brief Review

Syed Mohamed, Muhammad Syafiq and Azani, Akmal Hafiz and Abdullah, Lokman and Zamri, Ruzaidi and Maslan, Mohd Nazmin and Mat Ali, Mahasan and Zainon, Maslan and Mohd Samsuddin, Noorazizi (2019) Tool And Task Design Challenges For Left Handers: A Brief Review. Human Factors And Ergonomics Journal (HFEJ), 4 (1). pp. 46-51. ISSN 2590-3750

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Left-handed users are often overlooked by equipment and hand tool designers. Designers may assume that left handers will eventually learn to adapt themselves in a right-handed environment. However in reality left handers face a lot of difficulties when trying to perform tasks meant for right-handed users. Medical personnel are most affected by this issue, followed by workers in non-medical field such as services and manufacturing. This review aims to highlight the issues faced left handers by analysing common household product examples as well as hand tools in occupational settings. Discussions are centred on the differences between the right-handed tools versus left-handed tools, as well as task/procedural challenges faced by left handers. In summary, the notion of designing an ambidextrous tool may not be a realistic recommendation for tool manufacturers and designers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Left hander, handedness, product design, medical
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Divisions: Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering
Depositing User: Mohd Hannif Jamaludin
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 10:56
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 10:56
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