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ergonomics and design

A better bottom line with ergonomics

ergonomics and design

Increase efficiency with design

An ergonomics approach to the design of work systems and equipment may produce many benefits including

  • Less reports of discomfort and pain
  • Lower injury and accident rates
  • Increases in productivity
  • Less absenteeism
  • Systems and products that are easier to use
  • Increases in comfort of the users
  • Increases in job satisfaction and lower staff turnover

Ergonomics

Ergonomics or human factors is about applying scientific information about people and their work to the design of objects, systems and environments that people use.

It is about matching the job to the worker and the product to the user.

An effective match optimises performance and productivity, health and safety, and comfort and ease of use 1.

We conduct ergonomics analysis using a systems approach and multiple methods to establish an optimal design between people and their activities, equipment and environments. The results are turned into pragmatic recommendations.

We have considerable experience with ergonomics analysis and design and have conducted projects in a variety of areas including

  • Product picking in distribution centres
  • Finishing area of a yarn maker for carpets
  • Drape production
  • User trial for new office product
  • Electronics manufacturing (several collaborative projects in this area that have been part of a larger engineering change process)
  • X-ray machine loading at an airport
  • Customer service representative‚Äôs area at an information centre
  • Belonging check area at a public facility
  • Design of workstations at new offices

For more information about ergonomics generally and ergonomics in New Zealand go to the New Zealand Ergonomics Society.

Contact us to discuss your project.

1 Pheasant, S (1991) Ergonomics, work & health, Taylor & Francis: London