Occupational Ergonomics Laboratory
Department of Physiology
University of Calcutta
92 APC Road
Kolkata 700 009
Website : http://www.ise.org.in/
As of July 2018, the ISE has 477 members. The background of the members is very widely varied, the top three being Ergonomics teaching, research and practice (19%), Engineering (mainly production and agricultural) (19%) and Physio-therapists (19%). Members from defence and design are about 5% each. The ISE is now concentrating on alliance partnerships, for example with the national occupational health and safety professional associations. For communication among members and also the public, apart from the quarterly Newsletters, a LinkedIn page has been formed. Globally, ISE is part of ACED and BRICS networks, and efforts are being made establish a local informal network with ergonomists from Bangladesh and SriLanka where no formal ergonomics societies exist. Ergonomics education and certification have been identified as the two focus areas. ISE has entered into collaboration to associate with an existing online Dental Ergonomics course – where ISE will provide the inputs to upgrade and maintain the technical quality and assessment process. The intention is to leverage this for starting an online General Ergonomics course with rigorous quality controls and with the syllabus aligned to the proposed IEA certification criteria. At present there is no stand-alone ergonomics course in the country, and satisfactory completion of this course might be accepted as fulfillment of entry level academic requirements for the certification process. ISE is working closely with the IEA, ACED, and BRICS in the area of certification systems development. ISE is strongly represented on the Ergonomics Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which is a mirror committee of ISO-TC159, and is involved in adopting and issuing Indian standards and is also a participating member for ISO ergonomics standards development and modification. The annual conference of the ISE (HWWE) was held in Aligarh, in the state of UP. About 300 delegates participated in the conference, including international delegates and guests from the IEA. Best paper awards at different levels (sponsored by Springer Nature) were presented. Today, the HWWE proceedings represent a status report on Indian Ergonomics. HWWE 2018 will be held in December in the southern coastal city Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).