Ergonomics is the study of human abilities and characteristics which affect the design of equipment, systems, and jobs. The terms ergonomics and human factors can be used interchangeably.
The name Ergonomics was derived from the Greek words: Ergon/ergos - work; Nomikos/nomos - natural laws - control and orderly assignment.
This page provides a few general guidance notee relating to the information provided on this site and its relevance to mechanical engineers
This website contains various values and dimension obtained from a variety of sources relating
to ergonomics or human factors - the relationship between man and machines. I have tried
to provide links which include better quality information and in the reference book section of this site
I have identified books which are useful. If the information you seek is important please
use these sources of information.
When looking at a range of strengths and sizes individuals it is necessary to use
statistics. The individuals are assumed to be distributed in a normal distribution.
In a normal distribution all three statistics, the mean, median, and mode are the same.
I recommend that anyone involve in the design and planning of buildings / structures / equipment interfacing with people should obtain a copy of the reference handbook as linked on this page . "Metric Handbook Planning and Design Data"
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