“Thinking ergonomically is the same as thinking logically.”
Ergonomics... what’s that?
The term ‘ergonomics’ is popping up more and more - certainly with regard to legislation dealing with working conditions and occupational safety. Most people have a rough idea of what the term covers, but what does it actually mean?
Ergonomics is derived from the Greek words ‘ergon’ (work) and ‘nomos’ (law). In other words, ergonomics refers to ‘laws related to work.’ And the laws referred to here are natural laws, not judicial laws. By taking into account all types of natural laws, working conditions can be adapted and improved. The aim of ergonomics is to promote the mental and physical well-being of the individual in the workplace so that an optimal productivity can be achieved.
Ergonomically responsible working conditions cut both ways: when people feel good, they enjoy their work more and they perform better - which benefits the individual and is good for the company.
Ergonomics can be divided into three categories:
Ergonomics in organisations
Ergonomics of the environment
Ergonomics of products
The coherence and balance among these three categories determine the quality of our work climate.