Integrating ergonomics into engineering: Empirical evidence and implications for the ergononomist

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    Abstract

    Engineering design is a strong determinant of workplace ergonomics. A survey among 680 engineers in twenty Danish enterprises indicated that engineers are not aware that they influence the work environment of other people. Ergonomics had a low rating among engineers, perhaps because neither management nor safety organizations expressed any expectations in this area. The study further indicated that effects of ergonomics training in engineering schools were very lim-ited. The engineering cultures in enterprises, together with other organizational factors, are suggested to be of greater importance than the professional training. The implications for industrial ergonomists might be an acknowledgement of the role as change agent when trying to integrate ergonomics into engineering. In do-ing so, they need also to acknowledge that engineers are widely different. They have different background and ‘sensitivity’ to ergonomics depending on their cur-rent engineering domain, tasks, organizational position and the industrial branch of their organization.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalHuman Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries
    Volume17
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)353-366
    ISSN1090-8471
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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