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What is the Ergonomics Practice Specialty?
What is Ergonomics?
“Ergonomics is 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 we define ergonomics in terms of science, it 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.
Why an Ergonomics Practice Specialty within ASSE?
ASSE has recognized the importance of ergonomics by supporting educational programs on the topic for many years. As employers look to reduce their accidents and workers’ compensation costs, musculoskeletal injuries are the most costly and persistent. As SH&E professionals, we must look at workplace design and tools to reduce the stressors that can cause these injuries.
Ergonomics is a major part of the future of safety. The Ergonomics Practice Specialty was formed in response to a growing interest within ASSE. As the science of ergonomics evolves, SH&E professionals must stay abreast of the latest concepts and innovations. SH&E professionals should be at the forefront as technology changes.
What is the goal of the Ergonomics Practice Specialty?
The Ergonomics Practice Specialty can be the lead in position papers, white papers and discussions with regulatory bodies on ergonomic issues. It can arrange for key ergonomics professionals to speak at conferences and to educate members on current and evolving concepts in ergonomics. The Practice Specialty can represent ASSE with other professional organizations, such as AIHA, on ergonomic issues.
Objectives and activities of the Ergonomics Practice Specialty include:
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