Do you know ergonomics in industrial environment?

by Jun 26, 2019General

In a workplace, ergonomics scientifically establishes, through the design of systems, the relationships between man, his tools, his methods and his workstation to ensure his comfort, safety and performance when carrying out his work. According to the “Society of Ergonomics of French Language“, this discipline is the science that includes both physiological knowledge or related sciences applied to human work in the perspective of a better adaptation to humans. It aims to understand the constraints factors specific to each workstation to make improvements by considering all the elements to determine how the work is done. It’s about the physical area, the physical development, the safety conditions, the amount of operations or informations to be used, the rate, the schedules and the physical characteristics of the operators (size, weight and gender).

The International Ergonomics Association (IEA, 2003) defines ergonomics (or human factors) as the scientific discipline that deals with the understanding of interactions between humans and other elements of a human being system, and the profession that applies the theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

All of these institutions make it clear that ergonomics contributes to the design and evaluation of tasks, jobs, products, environments and systems in order to make them compatible with the needs of people’s abilities and limitations.


Evolution of human factors

Over the last 60 years, the term human factors, used here as a synonym for ergonomics and sometimes referred to as ergonomic human factors, has evolved as a unique and independent discipline that emphasizes the nature of human-machine interactions, from a unified perspective of science, engineering, design and technology. Either the management of human-compatible systems, including a variety of products, process and natural and artificial environment. Increased risk exposure increases the incidence of disease or the occurrence of musculoskeletal injuries, while a decrease in exposure will reduce these incidences. This, without forgetting that major industrial developments have occurred over the last decade, which has led to significant growth in production through the use of new technologies.

And, despite the fact that new production chains are increasingly integrating the principles of ergonomics, there are still real physical environment constraints and with individuals, once, in place that require adaptations to evaluate before implementing them. An ergonomic workplace is therefore a comfortable and suitable area of human needs.


Context of globalization

Henceforth, in the current context of globalization, the demands on the quality of production with the high competitiveness, force producers to look for ways to increase productivity and job security. Moreover, musculoskeletal injuries or other work-related illnesses are one of the most common causes of morbidity among workers and are associated with significant financial and social costs that employers prefer to avoid!


Our role in your best interests is to assist you to optimize the organization of your workstations. For example, our experts can advise you in the context of a repetitive work or a very physically demanding job, for the implementation of measures based on the workplace ergonomic analysis.


Indeed, the analysis of the distribution of these ergonomics risks has often shown that many working conditions lead workers to disregard safety requirements, which will in turn have other various consequences.

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