Ergonomics for Beginners: A Quick Reference Guide

Ergonomics for Beginners: A Quick Reference Guide

Ergonomics for Beginners: A Quick Reference Guide

Ergonomics for Beginners: A Quick Reference Guide


This is a fully revised and updated edition of the 1993 title Ergonomics for Beginners. It provides an excellent practical primer for anyone approaching the subject for the first time with the aim of bringing benefits to the performance of tasks in work and domestic environments. Embracing the concepts of designing tasks and the environment for human comfort and satisfaction as well as for optimum performance, the book shows, in an easy and accessible fashion, the steps by which managers, workers and users can achieve an appropriate balance. The authors have extensively revised this new edition, maintaining the size and flavour that made the first edition so successful, and replacing out-of-date material with new insights and raising the emphasis placed on computing-related ergonomics.This renowned text is essential reading for all those people who need a basic, easy-to-follow guide to the subject of ergonomics and human factors working in a variety of occupations.


As generations succeed each other, people's expectations change, building on historical experiences so that what was accepted by one generation becomes unacceptable to those which follow. What was at one time a relatively local phenomenon, with modern communication has become world-wide; living and working conditions are subject to common demands. The European Community is a clear example of this trend, both for reasons of social justice and of economy this common market requires that working conditions across its member states shall be broadly equivalent.

In pursuit of this equivalence, basic regulatory measures are passed, and many of these now call, overtly, for ergonomic solutions to work problems. By introducing ergonomics, the clear intent is that the old style of work design, where the operator was viewed as a 'pair of hands' is not acceptable. People are, in the terms of ergonomics, to be seen in the round, as complete people making a contribution to their work on a more human level than as 'hewers of wood and drawers of water'.

It is thus very appropriate that this new and revised edition of an early Dutch classic, the Vademecum ergonomie should be published at this time. Its increased breadth of coverage and updated content provide a comprehensive summary of what is important in the application of ergonomics to the world of work. Both as an aid to the implementation of ergonomics and as a ready source of reference it will contribute to the improvement of the workplace, not just in the West, but in any industrial enterprise.

Of course there is no pretence by the authors to imply that this is a sufficient manual for all ergonomics problems. But the wider understanding of ergonomics and how to apply it that this book can bring about will increase the recognition of what the subject can do. The benefits which workpeople, union representatives, industrial

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