“New technology, new ways of work – do we also need new visual ergonomics practice?” at TAVRP, the Tasmanian Association of Rehabilitation Providers, Dark Side of Rehab 2 Symposium, Hobart, Australia.
Design-out a visual ergonomics problem before it is built into your workplace
20 years ago when I first conceived the idea for my consultancy business, I envisaged that I would help individuals by solving vision problems in the workplace. While I am able to assist individuals, I have also come to realise that many “sore eyes” and “visual discomfort” issues are linked to design, such as location of workstations relative to windows, the number of digital displays on a workstation or the way information is displayed.
Wouldn’t it be better if I could prevent these problems from occurring in the first place?
If only I could address visual ergonomics issues during the design phase…
Since 2012 I have been working with Control Centres Australia to provide very early schematic design advice for control room design, in accordance with the ISO 11064 suite of standards for the ergonomic design of control centres. Control rooms are visually demanding environments, so my role is to provide visual ergonomics input into the design process. We work with the control room operators and the business managers and stakeholders (called the “working group”) to discover what features they require in their control room. Then, through facilitated workshops with the working group, we help the working group to design their working environment so that it meets the business requirements AND is ergonomically sound (i.e. will promote comfort, safety and efficiency).
Other environments and products
I am also able to provide visual ergonomics advice to assist in the design phase of products and non-control room environments. I am happy to work with you and other professionals (such as ergonomists, lighting designers, computer interface designers) to achieve outcomes that are good for your business and for those using the product or environment.
Conferences + Seminars.
Here are the conferences and events that I will be speaking at in 2018:
“Visual Ergonomics in Control Rooms – An Example of Creativity in Practice” at the International Ergonomics Association Triennial Congress, Florence, Italy.
“Visual Ergonomics Lighting Workshop, at the International Ergonomics Association Triennial Congress, Florence, Italy.
Previous seminars and conferences from the past few years:
“Journal club – a sustainable professional development model for the HFESA” oral presentation at the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) 2017 Annual Conference, Wollongong, Australia.
“Making ergonomics sexy for non-ergonomists” poster at the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) 2017 Annual Conference, Wollongong, Australia.