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Anywhere there is a person using a system, human factors and engineering concepts come into play. Ergonomics, or “human factors,” is the scientific discipline concerned with understanding the interactions among humans and other elements of an office system. Ergonomics applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.


Course Outline:
Ergonomics in the Workplace has become increasingly important.
You probably know this already, but Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. is sometimes described as Human Engineering or Human Factors Engineering.
This is achieved through the evaluation and design of workplaces, environments, job tasks, equipment, and processes in relationship to human capabilities and interactions in the workplace. The work place is often seen as the place with the lowest risk of injury; as opposed to injuries from outdoor activities like basketball, tennis, skydiving etc. This could not be further from the truth. Musculoskeletal disorders that cause great discomfort can develop if the proper ergonomic guidelines are not taken into consideration.

Method in Design

Applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so   that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely

— called also biotechnologyhuman engineeringhuman factors

Design characteristics of an object resulting especially from the application of the science of ergonomics

3 Dimensions Or Ergonomics

Five aspects of ergonomics:

Safety, comfort, ease of use, productivity/performance, and          aesthetics. Ergonomics is a science concerned with the ‘fit’                  between  people and their work.

Ergonomics can roughly be defined as the study of people in their        working environment. … When evaluating a job, looking for three          main characteristics known as Ergonomic Stressors: the force             required to complete a task, any awkward or static working               postures adopted in completing a task, and the repetitiveness of a         task.

The 7 Steps for Conducting an Ergonomic Assessment Include:

  1. Review existing data and any past ergonomic assessments.
  2. Establish a standard ergonomic assessment method.
  3. Get a real-life picture of your facility.
  4. Engage employees and get direct feedback on their workspaces.
  5. Gather objective data.
  6. Assess data and prioritize risk.

The 10 Basic Principles of Ergonomics

What is social ergonomics?

What is Social Ergonomics? Social ergonomics is everything around us, affecting our behavior at work. The design of the office, the people within it and the culture of the organization all play a part.

The 10 Basic Principles of Ergonomics

What are ergonomic issues?

An ergonomic hazard is any interaction with the made world that causes the user discomfort or strain. There are three primary types of ergonomic hazards: objects, environments, and systems that result in poor posture or unnatural, uncomfortable, or awkward movements.

The goal of ergonomics (i.e. the scientific study of people at work) is to prevent soft tissue injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) caused by sudden or sustained exposure to force, vibration, repetitive motion, and awkward posture. To create an ergonomically sound work environment, NIOSH ergonomists and industrial hygienists recommend designing tasks, work spaces, controls, displays, tools, lighting, and equipment to fit employee’s physical capabilities and limitations