Conceptual and Practical Strategy Work to Promote Ergonomics/Human Factors in Sweden

  • Cecilia ÖstermanEmail author
  • Anna-Lisa Osvalder
  • Hillevi Hemphälä
  • Jörgen Frohm
  • Susanne Glimne
  • Göran M. Hägg
  • Olle Janzon
  • Per Johan Pettersson
  • Mathias Stavervik
  • Jane Ahlin
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 821)


This paper describes the results of the conceptual and practical strategy work performed by the Swedish Ergonomics and Human Factors Society (EHSS) today. The rationale of EHSS is to strengthen the quality of ergonomics/human factors knowledge and practice in Sweden and form a multidisciplinary platform across disciplines and professions for collaboration and for knowledge sharing. EHSS gathers about 350 members, representing different occupations in industry, academia and the public sector. Together, EHSS members hold knowledge and experience in physical, cognitive and organizational ergonomics and its application in working life and society.

The overall aim of this paper is to inspire related societies and stakeholders to initiate discussions about strategies and future projects that allow for collaboration and knowledge sharing. Proposedly follow the EHSS model where we have formed a multidisciplinary platform for collaboration across disciplines and professions. The activities initiated and supported by EHSS are one step towards broadening the knowledge and application of HFE in Sweden, and to comprise new arenas of specialization. By participating in the key areas in society such as teaching, standardization, product development and occupational safety and health, the work of EHSS is one piece of the puzzle to improve human activities in the future. The vision is that together, we can improve safety, efficiency and well-being for all.


Future of ergonomics Knowledge sharing Design for all 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cecilia Österman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anna-Lisa Osvalder
    • 2
  • Hillevi Hemphälä
    • 3
  • Jörgen Frohm
    • 4
  • Susanne Glimne
    • 5
  • Göran M. Hägg
    • 6
  • Olle Janzon
    • 7
  • Per Johan Pettersson
    • 8
  • Mathias Stavervik
    • 9
  • Jane Ahlin
    • 10
  1. 1.Linnaeus UniversityKalmarSweden
  2. 2.Chalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  4. 4.Swedish Transport AdministrationBorlängeSweden
  5. 5.Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  6. 6.ErgoMusicStockholmSweden
  7. 7.SSAB EuropeBorlängeSweden
  8. 8.MeridentOptergo ABLohjaSweden
  9. 9.SHL Group ABNacka StrandSweden
  10. 10.President of Swedish Ergonomics and Human Factors Society (EHSS)LinköpingSweden

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