Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of the interaction between humans and their work environment. The term ergonomics is derived from the Greek: ergon = work; nomos = laws, i.e. the laws of work. The primary aim of ergonomics is to ensure that the workplace is optimally adapted to human characteristics and capabilities so as to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.
Well applied, ergonomics can improve both the well-being and performance of individual operators. As a result, the system of which these operators are a part will function more efficiently because fatigue, discomfort, accidents and health problems will be reduced. Consequently, there should be less absenteeism and labour turnover. Rehiring and retraining costs will be reduced and experienced personnel will be around for longer, benefiting the system with their expertise.
The Safety Network (Africa) cc, t/a SafeNet Africa, can assist in conducting Baseline Ergonomic Surveys.