What is Ergonomics?

  • Ergonomics is a science concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work.

 

  • It puts people first, taking account of their capabilities and limitations.

 

  • Ergonomics aims to make sure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment suit each worker.

To assess the fit between a person and their work, ergonomists have to consider many aspects of the workplace...

These include:

  • the job being done and the demands on the worker

 

  • the equipment used, its size, shape, and how appropriate it is for the task

 

  • the information used, how it is presented, accessed, and changed

 

  • the physical environment, temperature, humidity, lighting, noise and vibration

 

  • the social environment such as teamwork and supportive management

Ergonomists consider all the physical aspects of a person such as:

  • body size and shape

 

  • fitness and strength

 

  • posture

 

  • the senses, especially vision, hearing and touch

 

  • the stresses and strains on muscles, joints and nerves

Ergonomists also consider the psychological aspects of a person such as:

  • mental abilities

 

  • personality

 

  • knowledge

 

  • experience

Understanding ergonomics at work

  • Reduces accidents and ill health and increases productivity by fitting the task to the worker

 

  • At Healthwork Connections we can assess these aspects of people, their jobs, equipment and working environment and the interaction between them to design safe, effective and productive work systems.

Contact us

For all enquires please telephone: 01257 232000

 

The Chorley Clinic

1 Mayfield Road

Chorley

Lancashire

PR6 0DG

 

info@thechorleyclinic.co.uk  

 

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