Human Factors in Manufacturing
Google the definition of the word, and you’ll see this: “a new method, idea, product, etc.” And yes, that’s exactly what innovation is supposed to be. It’s a new and useful means to solve real-world problems for people. It makes our lives better – like when Thomas Edison manufactured the first light bulb. With his innovation, the world suddenly got a lot brighter (literally!).
With an increased focus on workplace safety and occupational wellness in this country, ergonomist should be excited and filled with feelings of vindication for the science! However, when we experience trends in thinking and understanding, there is a social revolution that often follows and runs amuck.