Publish at February 26 2023 Updated February 26 2023

Ergonomics in Action

How anthropometric and biomechanical information can be used in the design of workstations

Ergonomics is the application of scientific information about people in order to design products and systems so that they are safe, productive, comfortable and healthy for people to use.

People are of different shapes, sizes, strength, speed, judgment, skills, and capabilities. Hence, there is a need to evaluate and quantify differing metrics to evaluate the differences. What is important is to fit the task and equipment used to the person rather than fitting a person to a task or equipment so that a majority of the people are able to and like to do what needs to be done.

The course will focus on recognizing the basic needs of people in terms of biomechanics and present the various design strategies so that products and systems are compatible with people who use them thereby improving human performance, reducing the risk of discomfort and injury.

With the knowledge gained, you can experience the excitement of redesigning or retrofitting workplaces and other types of products whether it be for continuing education or just for knowledge.

What you'll learn

  • Design a workplace according to ergonomic principles
  • Determine anthropometric measures
  • Apply anthropometric tables for evaluation and design criteria for products
  • Identify engineering solutions to improve human performance and reduce the risk of discomfort and injury when interacting with products


  • Week 1 - Design for Seated and Standing Work : Spine basics, sitting and standing posture
  • Week 2 - Seat Design : Sitting considerations and principles
  • Week 3 - Anthropometric Measures and Basic Statistics : Introduction to anthropometry, measurement techniques, basic statistical analysis and anthropometric databases
  • Week 4 - Anthropometry in Use : Use of anthropometric tables, estimating data, design criteria
  • Week 5 - Ergonomics in Footwear : Foot and related dimensions, footwear characteristics, fitting feet to footwear
  • Week 6 - Course Summary

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