Despite the acknowledged importance of human factor/ergonomics (HFE) in the workplace, most countries and regions lack comprehensive regulations and requirements for HFE design and implementation. An effective HFE systems approach is indispensable to support our life and work in the 21st century; we know that without sufficient attention to HFE, system design will not support the sustainability of work, organizations, or societies.
This review report describes principles, concepts, and approaches critical to HFE and manual handling in the workplace and reviews HFE-related legislation, standards, and guidance documents from selected countries and regions across the globe as well as from relevant international organizations. A primary goal of the document is to serve as a resource for HFE elements to be considered for inclusion in laws, regulations, standards, and/or guidelines on HFE and manual handling in the workplace.
This publication will provide an important technical basis for the ILO in its standard-setting activities on workplace HFE, and is a useful tool for the world experts, practitioners, employers and workers and their organizations, national institutions and all those who have a role in ensuring safe and healthy work environments.