Written by experts with real-world experience in applying ergonomics methodology in a range of contexts, Evaluation of Human Work, Fourth Edition explores ergonomics and human factors from a "doing it" perspective. More than a cookbook of ergonomics methods, the book encourages students to think about which methods they should apply, when, and why. Now in its fourth edition, the editors have again brought together a team of world-renowned experts and created a forum for them to discuss and debate their most valued approaches.
See What’s New in the Fourth Edition:
- Significant change of authorship and content in each chapter
- Five new chapters covering inclusive design, situation awareness, neuroergonomics, ergonomics and quality, and standards in ergonomics design and evaluation
- Discussion of the idea of reflective practice and Ergonomics/Human Factors
- Examination of the systems perspective now prevalent in the field
- Coverage of new tools and the relationship between these physiologically measured parameters and theoretical concepts such as workload, fatigue, stress, or effort
In addition to being a foundational text, the book is an authoritative reference for practising ergonomists. Completely revised and updated, this fourth edition retains the features that have made the book a perennial favorite. After reading each chapter you will feel as though you understand the context of how to practise ergonomics and what aspects of method selection and implementation you should consider. The book provides a guide to the benefits ergonomics and human factors can offer industry, business, or human service professionals.
Table of Contents
Methods in the Understanding of Human Factors. Fundamental Approaches and Tools. Methods for Design of Work. Assessment of Impact of Work on Individuals. Assessment and Design of the Physical Workplace. Methods in Organisational/Social Human Factors. Implementation and Analysis of Human Factors. Conclusion.
John R Wilson was Professor of Human Factors at the University of Nottingham and also worked for many years part time as a human factors specialist within Network Rail, the UK rail infrastructure provider. He was both a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Engineer, as well as being a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (president in 2010-2011), member of the HFES and Registered European Ergonomist. He was editor-in-chief of Applied Ergonomics, in 1995 was awarded the Sir Frederic Bartlett Medal of the Ergonomics Society for services to international ergonomics teaching and research, and was awarded the Distinguished Overseas Colleague Award of the US Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2008. He served for many years on the Council and the Executive of the International Ergonomics Association.
Sarah Sharples is a Professor of Human Factors at the University of Nottingham. She leads a number of projects investigating novel technologies in workplace contexts including transport, manufacturing and healthcare, collaborating with a wide range of industry and academic partners. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and will be president of the institute in 2014-2015. She led the Human Factors Research Group at the University of Nottingham to the award of the President’s Medal from the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors in 2013.
"From the first edition, this text was a ‘must have’; it still is. Ergonomics/human factors (E, HF) addresses real problems in the real world and its broad arsenal of methods and tools is one of the strengths of the field. …This fourth edition continues the same overall concept as the first, but has added a number of new chapters and updated all existing ones. As always, the chapter authors are experts in their area. The emphasis on being up-to-date and authoritative makes the book an essential source for anyone interested in the human –system design and interaction."
—Professor Ann Williamson, University of New South Wales, Australia
"… great book. If you liked the previous editions of the book, then you will like this new fourth edition even better. The late john Wilson and his colleague Sarah Sharples have done an amazing job in pulling a group of international experts that cover the range of human factors and ergonomics domains."
—Pascale Carayon, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"For most occupational health physicians, 'Evaluation of Human Work (Fourth Edition)' is likely to be a handy reference source for study or research due to the variety and complexity of the specialist areas discussed. For the trainee in occupational medicine or the experienced consultant, it will be an enlightening source of balanced material to give direction in problem-solving investigations. With its very reasonable price, it would be an asset to any occupational health office or clinic where there is a genuine interest in working practice."
—Occupational Medicine, January 2016