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Journal of Ergonomics

Author(s): White CM

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When people ask what I do for a living and I tell them that I am an ergonomist, I typically get a confused expression, followed by “Oh, so that has something to do with ergonomics, right?” The conversation then goes one of three ways: 1. “I notice some pain in my hand. Do you think I have carpal tunnel?” 2. “Ergonomics, that stuff costs a lot of money, doesn’t it?” 3. “Can you help me get me a new chair for my office?” The truth is: I am not a doctor and cannot diagnose their disorders; ergonomics is not a cash cow; and I do more than provide new chairs for people. Although public awareness of the word “ergonomics” has increased during the past several years, public understanding of what “ergonomics” actually means is limited. Most people who are queried will say that ergonomics is “about chairs” or “something to do with health and safety.”

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This article was published in The Bent of Tau Beta Pi and referenced in Journal of Ergonomics

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