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Ergonomics & Human Factors

Ergonomics and human factors is about optimising designs, products and systems so that they are efficient. It involves applying scientific knowledge of human capabilities and limitations when designing or redesigning systems, tasks, equipment and objects.  The physical, cognitive and organisational aspects are considered as required.


We provide good, practical advice and assistance on all aspects of ergonomics and human factors. Considered Solutions' ergonomics and human factors specialists:

  • work with design teams to create productive user friendly products and systems;
  • assist employers to create, improve and/or rectify work systems and places to better match with human capabilities. This can result in better productivity, health, safety and morale;
  • advise people how to improve their workstation/workplace;
  • provide workplace training on ergonomics and human factors issues; and,
  • conduct usability testing and user trialling.

For multi-faceted jobs Considered Solutions draws on a large network to bring together teams of highly experienced, expert people with complementary skills.



  • Ergonomics advisors within design/engineering teams
  • Rolling stock design
  • Control rooms
  • Office ergonomics
  • Operator Areas e.g., crane operation
  • Specification and tender evaluation
  • Design review from drawings, physical mock-ups and prototypes
  • Retrofit design advice and evaluation
  • Human exposure to vibration (see Ergonomics downloads)
  • Tailored training & teaching development and delivery


Ms Airdrie Long, Certified Professional Ergonomist, is our principal Ergonomist and Human Factors specialist.  Click here for details.


We provide ergonomics and human factors advice and training to industry, government, research organisations and individuals. We have provided advice to front-line staff, managers, engineers, designers and university students. Some companies we have advised include RailCorp NSW; BlueScope Steel; Port Kembla Coal Terminal; Department of Climate Change and Water, NSW; Optus; Universities; and, a myriad of medium, small and micro businesses.


There are many benefits to the application of ergonomics and human factors in every workplace and product:

  • Increased productivity through more efficient systems/products and people making fewer errors
  • when applied throughout the design process the result is workplaces and designs that really consider the users and their tasks. User-focused design results in usable products and systems.
  • Providing a holistic view of the issue and ensuring the solution is addressing the real issue rather than just a symptom
  • Lowering workers' compensation claims and decreasing on-costs. This often increases worker/staff morale and retention

Ergonomics vs Human Factors?

These two terms are used synonymously in Australia- the professional society is the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia.  The two terms exist because of history.  Human Factors is used in USA and is often used in the transport, mining and petroleum industries in Australia.  Ergonomics originated in the UK and was the original term used in Australia.   Some media restrict 'ergonomics' to simply refer to physical dimensions and strength. Professionally the term refers to the broader aspects of human interaction with items and systems - the physical, cognitive and organisational considerations. When the two terms are used within an Australian organisation ergonomics often refers to the physical aspects while human factors refers to the human error aspects.

More Info?

General information relevant to ergonomics, you can visit the International Ergonomics Association and the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia.

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