Towards Quality of Life Through the “ErgoSustaiNomics” Approach
The Ergonomics as a human-centered science concerns with human beings and their quality of life. Undoubtedly, the integration between ergonomics and the concept of sustainability might culminate in higher levels of quality of life (QoL). The author believes that making an appropriate communication and association between ergonomics and sustainability will end to better condition for people and quality life. To confirm and assess the importance of the mentioned integration between ergonomics and sustainability, some related papers were reviewed. The findings show that there are some characteristics in both ergonomics and sustainability in terms of quality of life promotion. Some of these potentials are common in both mentioned firms and some of them are specified in each field. Therefore, the author believes that making the synergy between ergonomics and sustainability make an effective and efficiency situation for the evolution of QoL, not only for daily life and for daily product usages by end users but for blue and collar workers during their jobs. The mentioned synergic field is named ErgoSustaiNomics by the author as a new paradigm. It seems that this new paradigm helps the related experts to manage a better future life for all.
KeywordsErgonomics Sustainability Quality of life Health promotion
The author is grateful to the Unit of Ergonomics- KTH, for contributing with resources enabling the literature searches. Also a special thanks to Prof. Eklund Jorgen, Andrew Thatcher, and Andrea Eriksson for their comments.
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