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International ergonomics expert to grace our shores

Have you ever wondered how efficient your employees are? Do you find yourself studying their postures and trying to understand their habits?  The latest buzz word in the HR industry is ergonomics and how it affects the workplace especially your employees. Employers often overlook the importance of the creating a favourable workplace environment but studies are showing that this is a factor that needs to be prioritised.

World-renowned ergonomics expert Professor Alan Hedge will be in the country to share valuable insight into the study of people’s efficiency in their work environment. His research themes include workstation design and carpal tunnel syndrome risk factors for workers, alternative keyboard and input system designs, the performance and health effects of postural strain, and the health and comfort impacts of various environmental stressors, such as the effects of indoor air quality effects on sick building syndrome complaints among office workers, and the effects of office lighting on eyestrain problems among computer workers.

Hosted by Humanscale and Formfunc, Hedge is expected to share insights into the importance of ergonomics in ever-increasing flexible and shared working environments and discuss economic evaluation and measurement tools of injury prevention programmes. He is also acknowledged as a leader in the field of human factors and ergonomics with more than 30 years of ergonomics design and usability consulting experience. And has authored, co-authored and edited several books including Ergonomic Workplace Design for Health Wellness Productivity and Advances in Ergonomics Modeling and published 40 book chapters and over 250 articles on these topics in ergonomics and related journals.

"Professor Hedge’s work will be of great interest to our clients, who include designers, architects and corporate leaders,” said Formfunc MD Peter Kowalski. “With a focus on ensuring that buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally-sustainable way, ergonomics has become part of the Green Building Council’s rating tool. There is a need to balance ergonomics requirements with design objectives and costs, and this means there has to be early input of ergonomics advice in the design process.”