Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with understanding interactions between humans and other elements of a system. The profession applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well being and overall system performance. Ergonomists contribute to the design and evaluation of tasks, jobs, products, environments and systems to make them compatible with the needs, abilities and limitations of people. In plain language, modern-day office ergonomics is the science of providing furniture, tools and equipment that improve safety and health of the office worker.

Ergonomic science has developed rapidly in the last two decades. One of the main areas of research has been the ergonomic dangers and risks of frequent computer use. In the past few years, several articles have addressed computer mouse placement and the benefits of centering a pointing device. If you are interested in reading up on the latest, groundbreaking ergonomic research, Euro Office has a library of scientific articles.

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