The Ergonomics Society of South Africa (ESSA) is a federated member of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). As a society, ESSA, aims to promote an awareness of ergonomics in South Africa and both the health and safety and productivity benefits that can be derived from the implementation of sound ergonomics principles.
The role of the ergonomics society of South Africa can be sub-divided into four core areas which are outlined below:
It is the responsibility of ESSA and its Professional Affairs Board (PAB) to facilitate the certification of ergonomics in South Africa. ESSA is a federated society of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) who provides criteria for the certification of ergonomists at an appropriate level of both education and experience. Certification and the processes to follow have been updated on our website. Please refer to the Certification page.
Awareness and Understanding:
Since ergonomics globally, and particularly in South Africa, is a relatively new profession, there is both a lack of understanding of and awareness of ergonomics within the South African framework. As the bastions of Ergonomics in South Africa it is the role of ESSA to promote not only an understanding of ergonomics but also to promote an awareness of the discipline and the benefits that can be derived from the successful implementation of ergonomics principles in the workplace.
ESSA should serve as a resource point for all of its members and those interested in ergonomics. There should be a large array of resources available that are up to date and provide members with information on pertinent ergonomics issues.