Human factors and ergonomics is the application of psychological and physiological principles to the engineering and design of products, processes, Ergonomics is system o
f designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them in the work place.
Ergonomics aims to improve workplace and the work environment to minimise risk of injury or harm. So as technologies change, so too does the need to ensure that the tools we access for work, rest and play are designed for our body’s requirements.
Why is Ergonomics important?
In the workplace: Recent research has shown that lower back pain is the world’s most common work-related disability – affecting employees from offices, building sites and in the highest risk category.
Ergonomics aims to create safe, comfortable and productive work place by bringing human abilities and limitations into the design of a work place, including the individual’s body size, strength, skill, speed, sensory abilities (vision, hearing), and even attitudes.
Part of your Health and Safety system you will be required to include all activities and what effect it has to the person doing the physical activities in your risk assessment by a competent person
What is the Physical Requirements to do the Job and what impact does it have to the body
Repetition of Action
Eye / hand / foot coordination when performing the work
Lifting or carry heavy object's
Operation of small object's
Use of limbs
High Physical Strain
"ergonomic risk" means a characteristic or action in the workplace, workplace
conditions, or a combination thereof that may impair overall system performance and
"ergonomic risk assessment" means a programme, process or investigation to
identify, analyse, evaluate and prioritise any risk from exposure to ergonomic risks
associated with the workplace;