|Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering|
Ergonomics is the study of the human body at work. As a science, it has its roots in the industrial revolution. Time and motion studies were used to improve workers' performance. The success of Henry Ford's production line was a direct result of an understanding and respect for Ergonomics.
Most of the data from which ergonomists based their studies grew from information gathered as a result of World War II. The need to clothe, transport and house troops, design airplane cockpits and gun stations and build efficient physical and technical training programs was the primary motivation.
Unfortunately, these government studies were only done on the minority of the male population who served during the war.
It has only been recently that designers could benefit from new databases and statistics and it is only recently that the results of bad ergonomics are showing up in large segments of the population...as RSIs (Repetitive Stress Injuries).
The sea change occurring in industry as a result of the growth in information technology has changed the focus of Ergonomics from factories to offices and from machines that mimic the human body to machines that mimic the human mind.
The sites listed in these sections will help to define your thinking about ergonomics and the Human-Computer Interface (HCI) and help you to recognize the causes of problems and locate solutions.
|Overview of Ergonomics Resources|
|How to List Your Company or Organization in the Ergonomics Resources Index|
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