Is there a clear understanding of using human factors and ergonomics at work?

Maria Lindholm, Elina Parviainen

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Abstract

Human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) is a scientific discipline that aims to understand interactions among humans and other system elements. HF/E applies theory, principles, data, and methods in design to optimize overall system performance and sustainability by balancing organizational functions and the well-being of employees. However, in public discussion and in generic understanding, it is not clear what HF/E means, who HF/E specialists or ergonomists are, what they do, and where they work. Therefore, this study aimed to contribute to the above-described discussion. In this qualitative study, a questionnaire was used to collect international HF/E experts’ (n =8) opinions on the proactive design of work and work environments and interviews with Finnish professionals (n =9) were conducted. The results suggest that there is no clear picture of HF/E specialists used in proactive design-driven activities. This finding indicates that there is a need to widen the public discussion and view on HF/E specialists in workplaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Systems Engineering and Design (IHSED 2023): Future Trends and Applications
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications (IHSED 2023). September 27–29, 2023, University of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia
EditorsWaldemar Karwowski, Tareq Ahram, Mario Milicevic, Darko Etinger, Krunoslav Zubrinic
PublisherAHFE International
Pages512-519
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-958651-88-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications - University of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 27 Sept 202329 Sept 2023
Conference number: 5
https://www.ihsed.org/

Publication series

NameAHFE International
Volume112
ISSN (Electronic)2771-0718

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications
Abbreviated titleIHSED
Country/TerritoryCroatia
CityDubrovnik
Period27/09/2329/09/23
Internet address

Keywords

  • human factors and ergonomics
  • designing work
  • HF/E
  • HF/E specialist

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

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