In the world of Ergonomics and Human Factors we have a very simple systems approach to everything we do. The user is in the center, the controls, displays, machines that we interact with come next, the workspace, furniture, storage, that we use comes next, and then the environment, lighting, noise, vibration, temperature. This systems approach was very well documented in Ian Galer’s book Applied Ergonomics

Understanding this system, from the user, through to the environment, gives us the context of the problems we need to solve.

Context is the starting point for every Ergonomist.


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