This paper approaches the problem of arranging
facilities and moving materials in a sheltered workshop,
or rehabilitation center, employing handicapped people.
Traditional plant layout and material handling principles,
along with human engineering principles, are used for
developing a layout for Open Door Incorporated, a
sheltered workshop located in Corvallis, Oregon. Experience
in developing this layout was used as a basis for
postulating general criteria which should be considered
in laying out any sheltered workshop. The study gives
primary consideration to safety of workers, flexibility
of operation, worker convenience and worker training.
It was found that traditional plant layout principles
required modifications and the human engineering factors
played a critical role in the design.