Introduction to Ergonomics, Second Edition

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When faced with productivity problems in the workplace, engineers might call for better machines, and management might call for better-trained people, but ergonomists call for a better interface and better interaction between the user and the machine.

Introduction to Ergonomics, 2nd Edition, provides a comprehensive introduction to ergonomics as the study of the relationship between people and their working environment. The author presents evidence from field trials, studies and experiments that demonstrate the value of ergonomics in making the workplace safer, more error resistant, and compatible with users' characteristics and psychological and social needs. Evidence for the effectiveness of each topic is incorporated throughout the book as well, which helps practitioners to make the case for company investment in ergonomics. In addition, the author outlines international standards for ergonomics that influence engineering and design and pave the way for a more precise form of practice.

Extensively revised and updated, this second edition explains the main areas of application, the science that underpins these applications, and demonstrates the cost-effectiveness of implementing the applications in a wide variety of work settings.

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Robert S. Bridger is with the Institute of Naval Medicine in the UK.

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...a very good teaching aid ... . The suggested essays and exercises ... are invaluable and will help the novice to think in an applied manner. All in all, I would recommend this book...
- Ergonomics, Vol. 47, Issue 11, 2004

The fact that the Introduction to Ergonomics is a second edition, suggests Bridger has succeeded in providing a reference textbook needed by students and which their lecturers recommend...There are also some useful brief overviews research issues at the end of each chapter and some essays and exercises that should ease the load of those who teach ergonomics...one of the particularly useful areas is the addition of guidance on standards...The book should be invaluable for all students of ergonomics and covers the breadth of topics required by the various registration bodies.
-Occupational Health Review, Issue 116, July/August 2005

The book presents a comprehensive account of ergonomics with detail based on evidence and subjects covered logically. ...The factual content is excellent with over 600 references and includes good information on ergonomic assessment of specific workplaces and tasks.
-Occuapational Medicine

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