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International Ergonomics Standards: ISO/TC 159
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Ergonomics is the study of human beings and their work. How can standardization help here? Do we want to standardize man? All ergonomists answer “no” to this question, as machines are supposed to adapt to human beings and not vice versa. However, to provide the means of achieving this objective, human characteristics and abilities have to be researched and described. Only then can the builder of machines, the organizer of workplaces, and the designer of products for applications in industry, services, and the private sector take proper account of findings in the field of ergonomics. This, in turn, enables them to limit the workload borne by humans to a permissible level and to make a contribution to occupational health and safety.