Ergonomists are concerned with the safety and efficiency of equipment, systems and transportation. They use scientific information to ensure the health, comfort and protection of the people using them and due to the nature of the work can find themselves in a wide range of environments.
By scientifically studying the relationship between people, environments and equipment, ergonomists can use their findings to improve human interaction with processes and systems. Areas of work include product/equipment design, production systems, information and advanced technology and transport design.
Ergonomists may work in consultancy, research, development or teaching and may also be called human factors specialists.
An ergonomist's work activities vary widely depending on the area of work, e.g. healthcare, health and safety, transport, the workplace, or the design of new products. However, the activities are always based on ensuring that a system or product meets the needs of the user and will usually include:
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