• What is an Ergonomist?

    An ergonomist brings knowledge of the capabilities & limitations of humans to systems so both the system & people work effectively.

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    Become a HFESA member to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in HF & E, access essential resources and information and advance your career with the establishment of professional networks.

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    Upcoming Conference

    Nov 2019

    25-26

    HFESA 2019 Conference

    Earlybird registrations are now open for the 2019 HFESA Conference!

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    Upcoming Events

    May

    15

    ACT Branch Fireside Dinner 2019

    Wednesday 15 May 2019

    May

    21-23

    #SAFETYSCAPE 2019

    Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 May 2019

    Ergonomics and Human Factors in action

    International Ergonomics Association's 60th Anniversary

    The HFESA would like to congratulate the IEA on its 60th anniversary!

    Government department mail room

    Government department mail rooms handle a large number of parcels and letters that require numerous repetitive movements and systems in order to sort this mail.

    Dynamic positioning control system design: Extract

    Since 2016, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has been raising concerns with the offshore petroleum industry about the susceptibility of dynamic positioning (DP) system controls to human error.

    Scraping and rinsing conveyor line

    The scraping and rinsing conveyor line in a busy Sydney hospital had a high input line section and conveyor height. This required kitchen staff to collect plates from various trolleys at waist height and then lift them up to chest height or above in order to feed the dirty plate onto the line.

    Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety

    Ergonomists play a role in improving patient safety and reducing the risk of injury to both staff and patients. I have been involved in the manual handling component of a patient risk assessment developed to address both patient and staff safety issues at a Sydney hospital.

    Scraping and rinsing conveyor line

    The scraping and rinsing conveyor line in a busy Sydney hospital had a high input line section and conveyor height. This required kitchen staff to collect plates from various trolleys at waist height and then lift them up to chest height or above in order to feed the dirty plate onto the line.

    High level summary of HFESA paper “Opening a new hospital: The benefit of hindsight”

    Designing, building, and fitting out a hospital creates complexity, challenges, and opportunities. Early involvement and the right relationships will enable you to influence the functional design brief.

    How decision-making and communication on a construction project can affect health and safety

    Karin Boers, a doctoral researcher from the Loughborough Design School in the UK, presented a paper at the HFESA 2018 Conference, “How decision-making and communication on a construction project can affect health and safety”.

    UniSA Sub Sleeping Berth 2018 DHM and reach envelopes

    The picture is a section of a sleeping cabin showing the small female and large male digital human mannequins in Solidworks. It shows their reach envelopes as part of the development of the storage cabinets.

    Reece Group - Refrigerant Gas Cylinder Handling

    The following article was written by Wes Wilkinson (one of our CPE’s, Chair of Vic Branch and the PAB) to share with members, it is based on the Workshop / Presentation he made at the Perth Conference in November 2018.

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