Issue 32 – October 2011
Car park ticket machines, computer keyboards, equipment for use in a cold store – these are just three varied examples of the millions of products that should be safe for people to use, accessible, and should not pose unreasonable difficulties to operate. To achieve this, they must incorporate ergonomic principles into their design. Ergonomics – General approach, principles and concepts ISO 26800:2011 provides an integrated framework and a high-level view how ergonomics is applied.
Whatever the context (work, leisure, or home), the underlying principles of ergonomics remain the same. These principles are fundamental to the design process wherever human involvement is expected, to ensure the optimal integration of human requirements and characteristics into a design. ISO 26800 describes these fundamental principles to improve safety, performance, and usability while safeguarding and enhancing human health and well-being, and improving accessibility, for example, for the elderly and those with disabilities.
The intended users of this Standard are designers, ergonomists, project managers, managers, workers, consumers, and procurers. The Standard aims to facilitate task performance, safeguard and enhance the safety, health and well-being of the worker, or the user/operator of products/equipment, by optimising tasks, equipment, services, and the environment.