Ergonomics


The concept describes the origins of ergonomics and its application in organisational design. The concept also reviews the nature of interactions between people and systems and discusses the main strengths, business evidence and success factors of ergonomics in organisations.

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Ergonomics Definition

Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of the interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theoretical principles, data and methods to design in order to optimise human wellbeing and overall system performance (International Ergonomics Association, 2000).

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  • Bangor, A., Kortum, P.T. and Miller, J.T. (2008) An Empirical Evaluation of the System Usability Scale. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 24(6), pp. 574-94.
  • Chapanis, A. (1996) Human Factors in Engineering. Wiley, New York.
  • CTD News (1995a) 3M Pilots Ergonomic Program to Reduce OSHA Recordables, 3M Cardiovascular System. CTD News.
  • CTD News (1995b) Toyota's Evaluation, Ergonomics that Work. CTD News.

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