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Ergonomics

The UMBC campus, like any other large organization, requires an ergonomic program. This program is in place to handle requests for analysis and evaluation of the workplace design.

Ergonomics (or human factors) 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. The aim of the discipline is to prevent the development of occupational disorders and to reduce the potential for fatigue, error, or unsafe acts through the evaluation and design of facilities, environments, jobs, tasks tools, equipment, processes, and training methods to match the capabilities of specific workers.

Ergonomics is the applied science of equipment and process design intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Simply put, ergonomics is the science of designing the job to fit the worker, rather than physically forcing the worker to fit the job. Our Ergonomics webpage will assist you in the following areas of ergonomics: Computer Workstation Ergonomics, Laboratory Ergonomics and Back Safety/Materials Handling.