Definitions for ergonomicsˌɜr gəˈnɒm ɪks

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  1. biotechnology, bioengineering, ergonomics(noun)

    the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments


  1. ergonomics(Noun)

    The science of the design of equipment, especially so as to reduce operator fatigue, discomfort and injury.

  2. Origin: Coined in 1950 from ἔργον + economics


  1. Human factors and ergonomics

    Human factors and ergonomics, also known as comfort design, functional design, and user-friendly systems, is the practice of designing products, systems or processes to take proper account of the interaction between them and the people who use them. The field has seen contributions from numerous disciplines, such as psychology, engineering, biomechanics, industrial design, physiology and anthropometry. In essence, it is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body and its cognitive abilities. The two terms "human factors" and "ergonomics" are essentially synonymous. The International Ergonomics Association defines ergonomics or human factors as follows: Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. HF&E is employed to fulfill the goals of occupational health and safety and productivity. It is relevant in the design of such things as safe furniture and easy-to-use interfaces to machines and equipment.

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