What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the science of analyzing the relationship between work environments, equipment and employee.
So ergonomists, i.e. the practitioners of ergonomics, study work patterns/habits, how work is done and how to work better. It is the attempt to make work better that ergonomics becomes so useful. And that is also where making things comfortable and efficient comes into play.
Adapting the job/work environment to fit the person can help reduce ergonomic stress and eliminate many potential ergonomic issues (e.g., carpel tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tendonitis). Ergonomics focuses on the work environment and aspects such as the design and function of workstations, controls, displays, safety devices, tools and lighting to fit the employee’s physical requirements, capabilities and limitations to ensure his or her health and well being. It may include restructuring or changing workplace conditions to reduce stressors that cause musculoskeletal disorders.
Ergonomics covers all aspects of a job, from the physical stresses it places on joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, bones and the like, to environmental factors which can affect hearing, vision, and general comfort and health.
Ergonomics is commonly thought of in terms of products, but it can be equally useful in the design of services or processes and is used in design in many complex ways. However, what you, or the user, is most concerned with is, “How can I use the product or service, will it meet my needs, and will I like using it?” Ergonomics helps define how it is used, how it meets your needs, and most importantly if you like it. We make things comfortable and efficient.
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