Ergonomics is a field of applied science concerned with the design of work and how various physical and cognitive stresses of work and the workplace affect people, productivity and quality of work. Often defined as "fitting the job to the person," it involves identifying the physical and mental demands required to perform a job safely.
Ergonomics benefits both employers and workers by maximizing productivity and quality of work, increasing physical comfort and job satisfaction, and decreasing work-related injuries and injury costs associated with medical expenses, compensation and lost time. Preventing and controlling injury to musculoskeletal structures, including tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves, blood vessels and related soft tissue.
This is accomplished by successfully recognizing and evaluating risk factors and subsequently mitigating the level of injury risk to workers through control and education measures.
Learn more about different areas of ergonomics below: