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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

        Oct 2020

        18-21

        HFESA?2020 Conference

        The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Macedon Ranges in Victoria for our 58th annual conference. HFESA2020 - A perfect vision: Human Factors / Ergonomics, OHS & Culture in Agriculture, Rural Health and Transport.

        More details to follow.

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        Upcoming Events

        Feb

        12

        QLD Branch Australia Post site visit

        Wednesday 12 February 2020

        Feb

        13-14

        Slips, Trips & Falls Conference Madrid 2020

        13 & 14 February 2020

        Ergonomics and Human Factors in action

        Defining Human Factors / Ergonomics

        Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

        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.

        HMI Research Project factsheet

        Rating the Level of Distraction from In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems: An Australian Proof of Concept Study

        The Australian Automobile Association (AAA), the Victorian Department of Transport and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have joined forces to fund an Australian “proof-of-concept” study that will use an extended version of the distraction rating method developed by the University of Utah to assess and rate the distractibility of IVISs in a sample of Australian vehicles.

        Click here to download the HMI Research Project factsheet

        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.

        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.

        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”.

        Electric Heat-In-Transit Tanker (bitumen trailer)

        Electric Heat-In-Transit Tanker (bitumen trailer)

        Bituminous products are classified as hazardous goods at elevated temperatures (AS1940:2004).  Depending upon the grade of bituminous product, the product may reach temperatures up to 200○C, with a heating rate of up to 40○C per hour. Bitumen, in hot or molten state, presents hazards to workers for thermal burns, fume and toxic vapour exposure, respiratory tract or eye irritation, and exposure to irritating emulsifiers.  Contained bitumen, under certain conditions, may be explosive.  The transit of bituminous products for roadworks projects can be a dangerous task with extensive drive times and challenging heating requirements using a gas furnace on-site. 

        Being a member of HFESA

        Joining the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) is an excellent opportunity to meet other human factors and ergonomic professionals.

        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.

        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.

        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.

        Who needs ergonomists?

        Who needs ergonomists?

        Well, most of us do.

        The intervention of ergonomists can be critical to safety and performance in a surprisingly wide range of fields and activities - at home, in an office, factory, construction site, hospital or shopping centre. Whether you are on public transport, in a car, flying a plane or in the depths of the ocean in a submarine, you travel more securely if ergonomists have been involved in planning the means of transport. Ergonomists promote the safety and well-being not only of people in the workforce, but also children and the elderly.

        But not too many people know what ergonomists do, so let’s look at this.

        Ergonomists describe their work

        Practitioners of ergonomics and ergonomists contribute to the design and evaluation of tasks, jobs, products, environments and systems in order to make them compatible with the needs, abilities and limitations of people.

        Ergonomics in the Future World: Perspectives from Australia and New Zealand

        Ergonomics in the Future World: Perspectives from Australia and New Zealand

        This peer-reviewed paper was published in WORK in December 2019. It documents a workshop discussion “Ergonomics in the Future World” that the HFESA and HFESNZ participated in at the IEA2018 Congress in Florence, Italy in August 2018. The workshop was initiated by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) to evaluate the ergonomics state-of-play in various world regions. Australia and New Zealand had joint discussions under the banner “The Southern Cross” cluster. Read More

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