Ergonomics and Equipment Design

  • Heinz Schmidtke
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 25)


As far as is known, the term “Ergonomics” was for the first time applied by the Polish scientist W. Jastrzebowski during 1857. Although ergonomics may thus be regarded as a relatively new scientific discipline, it has undergone an astonishing development over the past few decades. A rapid rise in the standard of education, which in turn increased the general level of expectation of the population in industrialized countries, gave rise to a growing realization for the need to introduce more humane working conditions. The words: “Humane working conditions” are used here in the sense of excluding psychophysical over-extension, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, as a preventitive against the misuse of human labour as a “uni-purpose machine”.


Human Labour Technical Equipment Equipment Design Design Recommendation Ergonomical Design 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinz Schmidtke
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  1. 1.Institut für ErgonomieTechnische Universität MünchenMünchenGermany

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