Human Factors Practice in Malaysia: Professional Liability, Accountability and Ethics

Ahasan, Rabiul (2014) Human Factors Practice in Malaysia: Professional Liability, Accountability and Ethics. Journal of Ergonomics, 4 (1). pp. 1-3. ISSN 2165-7556 (Printed) 2165-7556 (Online)

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In Malaysia, practicing human factors and ergonomics has been significantly increased to the design and improvements of all kinds of work systems. Human Factors (HFs) experts and ergonomists are employed in various companies including oil and gas industries. However, it is a great challenge how these professionals contribute their skills to the design of products and systems that are ethically standard. There is also a need to ensure that the workers are safe and healthy in a productive environment. The choices of individuals practising HFs should thus be encouraged through the concept of professional liability, accountability and ethics that tell about the best practice we must do things as an ergonomist or behave properly to be HFs expert. It is about how our practices impact our society, and how we should be liable to our work. In terms of professional accountability and liability, we are facing tremendous challenges in our profession. As HFs experts, we are practicing to deal with usability or design issues lacking behind of efficacy and transparency of our profession. Our job is not only the design of job-tasks and maximizes work efficiency. Liability and trust issues in our profession means how we maintain us, how we recognize and treat us, how we ethically behave as a professional through the quality of our work, not the quantity of our work. Hence, our professionalism is question and perhaps critical in the way we do things.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Faculty / Institute: Institute for Community Development & Quality of Life (i-CODE)
Depositing User: Dr Rabiul Ahasan
Date Deposited: 17 May 2015 02:24
Last Modified: 17 May 2015 02:24

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