Ergonomics and human factors in today's and future's labour – a global perspective

Work and work systems have always been characterized by a broad spectrum of tasks, people and working conditions. This is especially true for work at a global scale. Consequently, the requirements for human-centred or human-oriented design of work are manifold – they refer to physical and psychological aspects associated with work. Ergonomics or Human Factors refer to these aspects and provide methods and means for applying theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human health, well-being and overall system performance. The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) is the federation of ergonomics and human factors societies around the world. The presentations in this session will provide an overview about different and multi-layered aspects of work in a global community.