ESST 3101 Environmental Ergonomics
The course concentrates on the interaction between the user and his or her physical environment. The principles, methods and models used in environmental ergonomics are provided in terms of the effects of heat and cold, vibration, noise and light on the health, comfort and performance of people. Humans do not respond to the environment in a way monotonically related to direct measures of the physical environment. There are human characteristics which determine human sensitivities and responses. Practical methods for assessing responses to individual environmental components are presented as well as responses to ‘total’ environments. The course provides a basic explanation of the systems of the body to establish a foundation for understanding and consistently applying ergonomic principles. Covers the human senses and the sensory process for each, including techniques for assessing sensory impact. Explains the functionality, relationship, and elements of the integrated roles of the musculo-skeletal system. Introduces the basic ergonomic principles of work place and work tool design. Includes coverage of the concepts of information processing and user experience design of digital workplaces. The course introduces the green ergonomics approach and the relationship between ergonomics and sustainable development. Design principles for green ergonomics based on ecological and ergonomics science are introduced. Environmental health and safety principles are presented. The course content is oriented to the model of European Ergonomist. Study of this course is beneficial to students wishing to qualify for the title Eur. Ergs. in this subject.