Ergonomics looks at the interaction between people and equipment.

Ergonomics looks at the interaction between people and equipment and the factors that affect that interaction, for example, ensuring that equipment and devices and the working environment are well suited to the needs of the worker.

Ergonomics is a science concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work. It puts people first, taking account of their capabilities and limitations. Ergonomics aims to make sure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment fit each worker.

Ergonomics can also reduce the potential for ill health at work, such as aches, pains and damage to the wrists, shoulders and back, noise-induced hearing loss and work-related asthma. Consider the layout of controls and equipment – they should be positioned in relation to how they are used. Place those used most often where they are easy to reach without the need to stoop, stretch or hunch.