Ergonomic Design is more than good design: An important distinction for safety
Many businesses seek ‘ergonomically’ designed products to improve their safety efforts. However, the selection of ergonomic products for work can be a frustrating and potentially costly process if they fail to live up to expectations upon implementation.
This presentation aims to shed light on the differences between good design and ergonomic design, a distinction that is important for safety outcomes. Ergonomic design principles are discussed to highlight some important distinctions that can de-mystify some misnomers that exist associated with products claimed to be ergonomically designed. Examples of redesign projects are shared to highlight how matters relating to context and individual differences influence the user experience and ultimate successful adoption of the product.