What Is Ergonomic?

Ergonomics puts human anatomy and behaviour at the heart of design.

In the working process, 3 factors: people – technical objects – working environment always have a mutual interaction. People design, create and use tools or means of work, at the same time, they are affected back by the tools, facilities and the environmental factors in which they work.

Therefore, the study of compatibility between 3 factors above to ensure productivity, quality, safety is extremely important. It is a new science – Ergonomic.

What is Ergonomic?

In Vietnamese, Ergonomic means Cong thai hoc. The term is a compound word of Greek, in which “ergon” is the work, and “nomoi” means the law of nature.

As such, Ergonomic is a science that studies the interactions among humans and work systems, designs optimised products for using. Then, it applies to establishing a work environment that improves everyone’s productivity, health and safety as well as promoting effective interactions between people, technology and the environment.

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What factors is Ergonomic based on?

Ergonomic researches 2 subjects: humans and work system.

About humans, Ergonomic brings together knowledge from anthropometric characteristics (size, structure, anatomical characteristics…), physiological and mechanical characteristics (height, weight, muscle strength, physical strength, hearing, vision, sensation…) and psychological characteristics such as cognition, memory and emotions, how to interact with products, systems and environment.

About the work system, Ergonomic researches the to-do tasks of different employees, their movements, manipulations, methods, work processes, tools, equipments, machines, workplace layout and workplace environment.

Sum up, these are things that corporations have to know in order to create productive and efficient work environments.