What is ergonomics?

Definition: Ergonomics is the application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and environment for human use. Ergonomics comes into everything which involves people. Work systems, sports and leisure, health and safety should all embody ergonomics principles if well designed.
(Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF))

Ergonomics concerns everyone at work and is about:

Lack of consideration of Ergonomics in the design of workplaces and jobs can result in:

All of the above have a direct effect on the cost of doing business.

Fitting the task to the worker is a fundamental principal in ergonomics. In practical terms this means things like ensuring that work surfaces are at the correct height; signs are easily seen and understood and loads can be handled safely.

Although getting these things right can require specialist knowledge, there are some simple practical methods which can be used to identify ergonomic problems and to rectify them.

More information on ergonomics can be found in the ergonomics site

Updated 2021-11-05