2nd Edition

A Guide to Human Factors and Ergonomics

By Martin Helander Copyright 2006
    408 Pages 135 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Completely revised and updated, A Guide to Human Factors and Ergonomics, Second Edition presents a comprehensive introduction to the field. Building on the foundation of the first edition, titled Guide to Ergonomics of Manufacturing, the new title reflects the expanded range of coverage and applicability of the techniques you will find in the second edition. Each and every chapter contains new material and some have been entirely rewritten. Drawing on the author’s experience in both teaching and industry, the book lays to rest the common myths and misconceptions that surround ergonomics.

    Unlike most ergonomics and human factors books that emphasize the physical, this one gives a broad overview of cognitive as well as physical ergonomics. Written in an accessible style, it presents a systems approach to human factors and ergonomics that leads to complete understanding. The author demonstrates how to collect data on users and operators and how to convert the data to good design, and offers a practical guide to the design and analysis of systems. Design oriented, systems oriented, and results oriented, this text provides the tools needed to solve systems problems and develop adequate design solutions.


    Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics

    Cost Benefit Analysis of Improvements in the Human Factor Design

    Conducting a Human Factor Investigation

    Vision and Illumination Design

    Human Information Processing

    Design of Controls, Displays, and Symbols

    Design of Human Computer Interaction


    Anthropometry in Workstation Design

    Work Posture

    Manual Materials Handling

    Repetitive Motion Injury and Design of Hand Tools

    Physical Workload and Heat Stress

    Noise and Vibration


    Ergonomics of Computer Workstations

    Training, Skills, and Cognitive Task Analysis

    Shift Work

    Design for Manufacture and Maintenance

    Accidents, Human Errors and Safety


    Appendix: The Use of Human Factors/ Ergonomics Checklists


    Martin Helander