Removing Barriers to Promote Human Factors & Ergonomics Education in Developing Countries

Hassan , Azmi and Ahasan, Rabiul (2015) Removing Barriers to Promote Human Factors & Ergonomics Education in Developing Countries. Journal of Ergonomics, 5 (1). pp. 1-3. ISSN 2165-7556 (Printed) 2165-7556 (Online)

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“Human Factors” concerns fall under the purview of “ergonomics” which is associated with occupational health, safety, productivity, and performance management. Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFs/E) movement started when engineers and top level managers realize that industries had to adjust with workers’ psycho-physical and cognitive capabilities to the technological systems in various industries and companies. HFs/E was primarily focused on the country’s work-regulated agencies, or on the effort of National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to prevent work-related accidents and injuries. Recently, HFs/E issues and concerns drew worldwide public attention. It is also an emerging issue for the design and improvement of products, processes, and operations. Hence, there are significant interests in promoting HFs/E programs in university education. Currently, ergonomics related courses are taught in a few universities and colleges. A number of universities in the developing countries are offering diploma program and delivering certificate courses. However, the existing program may not address contemporary and current and local issues of HFs/E and concerns of socio-cultural, economics, and anthropometrics. Currently, it lacks quality assurance and bias in academic policies and procedures. There are confusions and conjecturers about launching for an effective and standard HFs/E program in each of the developing nations. HFs/E program usually consist of interdisciplinary subjects that should be delivered by acknowledged experts in the individual subject areas of expertise.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: n/a
Keywords: ergonomics, Malaysia, ethical issues, Barriers.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Faculty / Institute: Institute for Community Development & Quality of Life (i-CODE)
Depositing User: Dr Rabiul Ahasan
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2015 07:20
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2015 07:20

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