The Human Factors and Sustainable Development TC was active at the recently concluded ODAM/NES Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. There were two special sessions dedicated to issues pertinent to our TC, with a total of 9 academic papers appearing in the conference proceedings. Both sessions were well-attended and generated plenty of questions and discussions. There was also an interesting workshop on the relationships between social sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ergonomics. For people interested in this area I would recommend taking the online survey at: http://bit.ly/1l7jEZ0
The 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2015) will be held from 9 - 14 August 2015 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia. (www.iea2015.org)
As at the last Triennial Congresses, the Technical Committee "Human Factors and Sustainable Development" will actively participate in the Congress, amongst others by organizing conference tracks and workshops concerning the subjects of our four Sub-Committees.
About the Technical Committee
The Technical Committee “Human Factors and Sustainable Development” (TC HFSD) is intended to build a powerful global network of experts in the fields of ergonomics/human factors and sustainability. Its foundation was endorsed by the IEA Executive Committee in July 2008. Since then, the group gained about 45 members worldwide and organized amongst others several national and international symposia and workshops at ergonomics conferences.
The Technical Committee is chaired by Klaus J. Zink (University of Kaiserslautern, Germany) and Dave Moore (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand).
It currently works with a structure of four Sub-Committees which are focusing on specific subjects of “Human Factors and Sustainable Development”. For more information about their work, please follow the respective links on this website.
Sustainable development was generally defined as meeting human needs of current as well as future generations. In particular, this anthropocentric perspective leads to joint objectives between ergonomics/human factors and sustainable development. Although the explicit reference to the concept of sustainable development is relatively new for ergonomics/human factors, the underlying ideas and approaches are not.
The sustainability of human resources is based on enduring workability and employability, which have been dominant elements in ergonomics/human factors ever since. Social sustainability is realized in concepts such as preventive occupational health and safety, human-centered design of work, empowerment, individual and collective learning, employee participation, or work-life-balance.
But ergonomic interventions are not limited to aspects of social sustainability: a more efficient design of work processes, participatory capacity building concepts or the use of macroergonomic change management instruments allow to initiate and diffuse those technical, organizational and social innovations that are necessary for a more sustainable development in regard to environmental, social and economic aspects.
Our work tends to contribute to the following general objectives:
- To improve and increase the knowledge about the contribution of ergonomics to corporate and societal sustainability concepts
- To improve knowledge transfer from human factors/ergonomics to the academic community dealing with sustainable development
- To strengthen the relationship between human factors specialists/ergonomists and other actors in this field
- To promote ergonomics as a stakeholder oriented approach
- To promote the role of ergonomics in realizing sustainable development to the public at large
The work of the Technical Committee and its Sub-Committees aims to provide a platform for global exchange and to support the debate and research in the area of “Human Factors and Sustainable Development”. Organizing conference sessions and workshops as well as preparing research projects and publications in topics of this area are our main activities.
For more information about our work, please have a look on the TC activity reports in the Download Area!
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