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What is an Ergonomist?

An ergonomist brings knowledge of the capabilities & limitations of humans to systems so both the system & people work effectively.

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Benefits of joining HFESA

Become a HFESA member to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in HF & E, access essential resources and information and advance your career with the establishment of professional networks.

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Upcoming Conference

Nov 2019

25-26

HFESA 2019 Conference

Earlybird registrations are now open for the 2019 HFESA Conference!

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Upcoming Events

Jun

11

Why should the perfect robot look and think just like a human?

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Jun

12

Beyond anthropomorphism: Rethinking human-machine relations in robotics and A.I.

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Ergonomics and Human Factors in action

International Ergonomics Association's 60th Anniversary

International Ergonomics Association's 60th Anniversary

The HFESA would like to congratulate the IEA on its 60th anniversary!

Government department mail room

Government department mail room

Government department mail rooms handle a large number of parcels and letters that require numerous repetitive movements and systems in order to sort this mail.

Dynamic positioning control system design: Extract

Dynamic positioning control system design: Extract

Since 2016, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has been raising concerns with the offshore petroleum industry about the susceptibility of dynamic positioning (DP) system controls to human error.

Scraping and rinsing conveyor line

Scraping and rinsing conveyor line

The scraping and rinsing conveyor line in a busy Sydney hospital had a high input line section and conveyor height. This required kitchen staff to collect plates from various trolleys at waist height and then lift them up to chest height or above in order to feed the dirty plate onto the line.

Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety

Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety

Ergonomists play a role in improving patient safety and reducing the risk of injury to both staff and patients. I have been involved in the manual handling component of a patient risk assessment developed to address both patient and staff safety issues at a Sydney hospital.

Scraping and rinsing conveyor line

Scraping and rinsing conveyor line

The scraping and rinsing conveyor line in a busy Sydney hospital had a high input line section and conveyor height. This required kitchen staff to collect plates from various trolleys at waist height and then lift them up to chest height or above in order to feed the dirty plate onto the line.

High level summary of HFESA paper “Opening a new hospital: The benefit of hindsight”

High level summary of HFESA paper “Opening a new hospital: The benefit of hindsight”

Designing, building, and fitting out a hospital creates complexity, challenges, and opportunities. Early involvement and the right relationships will enable you to influence the functional design brief.

How decision-making and communication on a construction project can affect health and safety

How decision-making and communication on a construction project can affect health and safety

Karin Boers, a doctoral researcher from the Loughborough Design School in the UK, presented a paper at the HFESA 2018 Conference, “How decision-making and communication on a construction project can affect health and safety”.

UniSA Sub Sleeping Berth 2018 DHM and reach envelopes

UniSA Sub Sleeping Berth 2018 DHM and reach envelopes

The picture is a section of a sleeping cabin showing the small female and large male digital human mannequins in Solidworks. It shows their reach envelopes as part of the development of the storage cabinets.

Reece Group - Refrigerant Gas Cylinder Handling

Reece Group - Refrigerant Gas Cylinder Handling

The following article was written by Wes Wilkinson (one of our CPE’s, Chair of Vic Branch and the PAB) to share with members, it is based on the Workshop / Presentation he made at the Perth Conference in November 2018.

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