The Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) first began as a branch of the Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty in 2007. In addition to publishing its triannual electronic publication Interface, ErgoPS supports an Ergonomic Scholarship through the ASSE Foundation. ErgoPS also sponsors ergonomics-related sessions at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference and finds ways for ErgoPS members to take part in National Ergonomics Month each October.
The Ergonomics Practice Specialty serves as a rich resource of technical information for its members and gives them the opportunity to network, share best practices and discuss new ways to reduce soft-tissue injuries in the workplace. ErgoPS is also a resource to assist members in workers’ compensation claims, return-to-work programs, prevention strategies and much more. Our officers are leaders in ergonomic practices within their respective organizations, and several are Board-Certified Professional Ergonomists.
What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the applied science of equipment design (for the workplace) intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA, 1999) defines ergonomics as “the science of fitting jobs to people. Ergonomics encompasses the body of knowledge about physical abilities and limitations as well as other human characteristics that are relevant to job design. Ergonomic design is the application of this body of knowledge to the design of the workplace (i.e., work tasks, equipment, environment) for safe and efficient use by workers. Good ergonomic design makes the most efficient use of worker capabilities while ensuring that job demands do not exceed those capabilities.” When defined in terms of science, ergonomics is the science of designing products that work in accordance with the way humans think, see and behave. Products that are compatible with people will dramatically reduce human error, fatigue, discomfort and stress and have a profound positive impact on overall end-user performance.
Industry-focused networking via LinkedIn, Facebook, conference calls and annual face-to-face meetings.
Triannual electronic technical publications via email and access to publication archives.
Access to 150+ interviews with top industry professionals.
Advisory committee guidance and advice.
Volunteer and leadership opportunities.
Discounts on group-sponsored webinars.
Practice Specialty sponsorship on conference speaking proposals.
Volunteer Advisory Committee
Administrator: David Brodie
Assistant Administrator: Walt Rostykus
Content Coordinator: Elise Condie
Secretary: Walt Rostykus
Membership Chair: David Brodie
Awards & Honors Chair: Jeremy Harris
Professional Development Chair: Winnie Ip
Body of Knowledge Chair: Cathy White
Website/Social Media Chair: Rachel Michael