The multidisciplinary field of ergonomics is constantly evolving, and takes into account all aspects of the workplace, including engineering, industrial design, psychology, biomechanics, anthropometry, and physiology.
Ergonomics is associated in everything that concerns people in the workplace and is the interaction of the worker with the physical facets that they come into contact with every day. Perhaps how to grasp this better is by understanding the definition of ergonomics by the IEA (International Ergonomics Association). Ergonomics is commonly practiced in terms of how companies design tasks and work areas to maximize the efficiency and quality of their work. However, as technology and the workplace changes so fast, so are the targets for ergonomic design and the field evolve on a regular basis. Let’s look at the current new trends in ergonomics.
Public Health & Occupational Medicine
Above all ergonomics is all about public health and occupational therapies, and this is the field that ergonomics is rapidly expanding into. Healthcare is the biggest field that ergonomics is currently evolving in. The whole national healthcare systems of multiple countries are struggling to reduce errors and implement efficiencies that are already common in most factory production lines. The biggest changes in healthcare operations are concerned with patient handling, time studies and focused software. Even psychologists are getting more involved with ergonomics as the social and work environment plays a big part on people reporting pain.
Quality of Life for Older People
Ergonomics is now also expanding into how it can help the quality of life for older people. This would include their safety, health and how they get about. To improve the lives of our senior citizens needs the knowledge of how we age, and how we can adapt the world to be a better place to live in for our parents and grandparents.
The ability to embrace technology plays a big part in this, and is a critical skill for people of all ages, particularly the older generation. Technology can greatly improve the quality of life for all, and by studying the ergonomics of how we can utilize technology for the older generation can improve millions of lives. The problem of smart technology and giving smart homes to our older generation is often they are not taught how to use the equipment that has been designed to make their lives easier. And it has become apparent that we need more data on the best way to train and impart knowledge to the senior members of society.
Another new field of study for ergonomic specialists is on how the changes in the environment affect everyday life. How heat, cold, rain, smog, and all the other elements directly affect our health and how we work. These issues are mostly affected to industries that are concerned with green issues, such as food production, energy production, and recycling. These industries need to be safe for workers and the products need to be environmentally designed. All these concerns are currently part of an ergonomic growth to find the current trends that really affect our society. And ergonomics will continue to develop to assist us in every walk of life.