Chapter 9

Overview of human factors engineering

J. Edmonds

Abstract

Poor design of the human interface is a primary cause of human failure, whether it is the way information is presented, the layout of controls, the physical workspace, or aspects of the environmental design. Something that is well designed achieves its purpose, is motivating and enjoyable to use and there is a lower risk of injury. Poor design on the other hand can lead to human failure, poor performance, frustration, and a greater risk of injury. This chapter provides an insight in to the different levels of complexity of the interactions people have within a work system, including automated systems which may or may not improve human and overall system performance. Human Factors ...

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