Ergonomics and human factors is about optimising designs, products and systems so that they are efficient. It involves applying scientific knowledge of human capabilities and limitations when designing or redesigning systems, tasks, equipment and objects. The physical, cognitive and organisational aspects are considered as required.
We provide good, practical advice and assistance on all aspects of ergonomics and human factors. Considered Solutions' ergonomics and human factors specialists:
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Ms Airdrie Long, Certified Professional Ergonomist, is our principal Ergonomist and Human Factors specialist. Click here for details.
We provide ergonomics and human factors advice and training to industry, government, research organisations and individuals. We have provided advice to front-line staff, managers, engineers, designers and university students. Some companies we have advised include RailCorp NSW; BlueScope Steel; Port Kembla Coal Terminal; Department of Climate Change and Water, NSW; Optus; Universities; and, a myriad of medium, small and micro businesses.
There are many benefits to the application of ergonomics and human factors in every workplace and product:
These two terms are used synonymously in Australia- the professional society is the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia. The two terms exist because of history. Human Factors is used in USA and is often used in the transport, mining and petroleum industries in Australia. Ergonomics originated in the UK and was the original term used in Australia. Some media restrict 'ergonomics' to simply refer to physical dimensions and strength. Professionally the term refers to the broader aspects of human interaction with items and systems - the physical, cognitive and organisational considerations. When the two terms are used within an Australian organisation ergonomics often refers to the physical aspects while human factors refers to the human error aspects.
General information relevant to ergonomics, you can visit the International Ergonomics Association and the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia.