Years ago, Cathy McGowan ‘ Northern Ontario Business – June 2000’ had given me a label in her news paper editorial as a …“inventor with a social conscience”…. Anyone who knows or worked with me will know what she meant, and eventually, if you read a few of my upcoming blogs, you will know what Cathy McGowan was talking about.
For the last 25 years, I worked in areas between Montebello Quebec, Ottawa, Toronto, Kitchener/Waterloo; most communities in North Western Ontario including the James Bay, Fort McMurray, Victoria, Vancouver and Whistler BC, Nunavut and explored a lot of other places in-between; as well in Germany, the Netherlands, the US and Hawaii. While working on many different construction projects in various capacities from carpenter and joiner journeyman, lead hand and foreman to safety officer and other managerial positions, I never lost sight of my journey and my purpose related to being a participating field researcher, to allow me to explore the human factors, people behavior and technology changes between pure and poor design theory and actual construction practices. The outcome of this can be explained in lectures when opportunity knocks. I am still wondering if at the end of the day technology really made life easier for us. I know there are without a doubt “trade-off’s”… what do you think?;
During the years I mentioned, my learning experiences, interests, construction, ergonomic and environmental design pursuits include patenting the design of buildings, construction hand tools and life safety systems, on-site construction management and supervision, quality control as clerk of the works, safety coordination and management, planning the maintenance of existing older buildings, building performance and its relationship to people behavior and performance, implementing portable prefabricating systems, personnel selection, effective human resources training and development in terms of tool selection as they relate to a productive, cost-efficient, healthy, safe, and comfortable construction and home environment. There is no doubt in my mind, that I have more experience in the business than some people have, but I also know that there are many people with more experience then I have. In any case, I would like to share some of the things that I learned over the years, and who knows…
…maybe you will like it…or benefit from it.
My main focus of the upcoming blogs will center on the ergonomics and safety of homes, tenements, people behavior, offices, consumer products, social, commercial, construction and other environments.
My goals for the upcoming blogs are to introduce you to ergonomics as a whole, including my services related to efficient ergonomically designed methods, products and places, and provide you with my spin on overall wellness, health and your safety. Of course you are invited to contribute to this blog by adding your own spin.
So….what is Ergonomics???…Ergonomics is a body of knowledge about human abilities, human limitations, and other human characteristics that are relevant to design. My concept is to apply Ergonomics to tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs, and environments for safe comfortable and effective human use.
Ideally… ergonomic design principles should encompass a method whereby people, climates, residences, workplaces, furnishings, and tools are conveniently related to one another. Usability should be their essence.
When it comes to consumer product and tools, far too often ergonomics is used as a buss word for the purpose of marketing. For example tools for specific populations are sold as an ergonomic tool because of bright colored handles. Do you think flowers on a conventional tool or hammer handle as an implied ergonomic design feature will reduce a repetitive strain injury???…and… what are the chances that this type of handle would increase user performance???. Do you see what I mean??? I will leave you with these thoughts; please…share them with me on this blog…write to me.
Please check in on this blog from time to time and learn more about my spin on Ergonomics. Bye for now…