Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability.
The International Ergonomics Association defines ergonomics as follows: Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.
Ergonomics is employed to fulfill the two goals of health and productivity. It is relevant in the design of such things as safe furniture and easy-to-use interfaces to machines*.
Please review the “UPEI Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention Program" found in the UPEI Health, Safety and Environment Manual.
*excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergonomics
For any questions, please contact:
Liz Rostant-MacArthur, BSc, MSc
Health, Safety, and Environment Manager