What is Ergonomics?

After the 40 year fight for ergonomics programs, the passing of OSHA’s Ergonomics Standard in October 2000 and its repeal in March 2001, most people still don’t know what ergonomics is and how it affects us all at work and at home now that we are all on the computer so much.

merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ergonomics – Medical Definition of ergonomics. 1: an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely—called also human engineering, human factors engineering.

.techtarget.com – Ergonomics (from the Greek word ergon meaning work, and nomoi meaning natural laws), is the science of refining the design of products to optimize them for human use. … Ergonomics is sometimes known as human factors engineering.

http://www.osha.gov – Ergonomics: The Study of Work. U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA 3125. 2000 (Revised) …

Author: Melanie Loomos

I was a court reporter for 10 years then became an inventor after spending most of my time working in very uncomfortable chairs. I invented The Buttpillow® and was granted my first patent called the "Pillow with Cantilever Supports." At the same time, I also submitted a patent application for "The Carpal Tunnel Chair,” and spent years researching seating. After R&D on The Buttpillow®, it was determined different embodiments were needed for proper ergonomic positioning depending on the individual sitter. The patent for the "Ergonomic Seating Cushion,” was submitted, which has several embodiments, and was granted by the USPTO in late 2002. It was later amended to include an embodiment specifically to help women maintain the natural curve of their lumbar spine during pregnancy. Subsequently, in 2003, I invented Ergosoft™ break reminder software based on OSHAs Ergonomic Standard so people can identify and minimize ergonomic risk factors around them.

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