There has been a long history of ergonomics research and consultancy at IOM beginning with work carried out with coalminers in the 1960s and 70s. The IOM has employed professional ergonomists since its inception in 1969 and continues to do so.
The mixture of research and consultancy work carried out by IOM ergonomists helps to ensure that the advice given is drawn from a strong evidence base, particularly important when spurious assertions about ‘ergonomic’ products provide good advertising copy. Our work in the office environment provides a good example of this, where the advice provided to employers (and individual employees) is derived from research knowledge fuelled by HSE-funded studies into office health issues.
Over the years, IOM ergonomists have worked on a wide variety of problems, in an extensive range of industries. Just a few of our main topic areas have been singled out for specific attention on this website but, if you have a particular workplace challenge you think ergonomics might be able to address, we will be able to help you.
Ergonomics is the science of designing the workplace, keeping in mind the capabilities and limitations of the worker.