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What is Ergonomics?

Understanding of interactions among humans and other elements in order to optimise human well-being and overall system performance

“Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements, and applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimise human well-being and overall system performance.”

The terms ‘ergonomics’ and ‘human factors’ can be used interchangeably, although ‘ergonomics’ is often used in relation to the physical aspects of the environment, such as workstations and control panels, while ‘human factors’ is often used in relation to wider system in which people work.

Ergonomics is a science-based discipline that brings together knowledge from other subjects such as anatomy and physiology, psychology, engineering and statistics to ensure that designs complement the strengths and abilities of people and minimise the effects of their limitations. Rather than expecting people to adapt to a design that forces them to work in an uncomfortable, stressful or dangerous way, ergonomists and human factors specialists seek to understand how a product, workplace or system can be designed to suit the people who need to use it.

Ergonomists need to understand and design for the variability represented in the population, spanning such attributes as age, size, strength, cognitive ability, prior experience, cultural expectations and goals. Qualified ergonomists are the only recognised professionals to have competency in optimising performance, safety and comfort.

You usually don’t notice good design, unless it’s exceptionally good, because it gives us no cause to. But you do notice poor design, the lack of ergonomic design can be incredibly frustrating.

At Simply Ergonomic, we offer a range of diverse and innovative ergonomic solutions for the office and working from home WFH.  We have carefully selected a range of products for their comfort features and outstanding ergonomic properties. Our products are tried and tested having been designed to best-fit human needs.
Our  aim is to increase performance and create a better living environment at home. Many of our ergonomic products focus on human posture and back pain relief. Choose from some of the most comfortable office chairs to versatile height adjustable desks or desk accessories. Our large selection of Ergonomic Office Chairs comes in contemporary designs in Mesh, Leather, Fabric and combinations.

Call our Ergonomic Chair Specialists for advice on 020 3600 0322.