Ergonomics : A Human Factor

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Ergonomics is a human factor with the application of scientific information concerning objects, systems and environment for human use. The field of ergonomics is an applied science that also studies the effects of fatigue and discomfort on the body and designs protective equipment to keep operators safe and efficient. Ergonomics focuses on people, the single largest and most valuable asset of any organization. Regardless of appearances, people are different from one another. Ergonomics recognizes and strives to accommodate individual differences in everything from size to skills, from work styles to habits. Good ergonomics improve performance and productivity. Comprehensive ergonomics means looking at the total workplace from task design and work behaviors, to tools and technology to visual, auditory, thermal, air quality and spatial environmental variables.
Ergonomics may seem intuitive but people still need to be shown how to use features and understand how some behaviors increase risk of injury. Changing a person’s environment can profoundly affect their behavior. Minimize negative affect and maximize acceptance and positive affect, communication and change management are essential. Good ergonomics programs always have more benefits and save more money than they cost.
Physical ergonomics deals with the human body 's responses to physiological stress. Health care facilities especially nursing homes have been identified as an environment where ergonomic stressors…
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