Special Issue "Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion: A Physical and Cognitive Ergonomic Approach"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: human factors and ergonomics; biomechanics of human postural control, balance and gait; slips, trips, and falls; fall prevention
Interests: human factors and ergonomics; human interaction with industrially rugged mobile and wearable tools, robotics and autonomy, and athletic technology; cognitive engineering
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a total of 2.8 million non-fatal injuries and 5250 fatal work injuries in 2018. Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are around 340 million occupational accidents and 160 million work-related diseases each year. Moreover, hazardous occupations such as construction, manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, mining, quarrying, and healthcare services, as well as emergency responders such as firefighters, law enforcement, and military, are predisposed greater risk for occupational injuries due to their inherent danger. The constant increase in injury, illness, and accident rates in the workplace warrants the successful implementation of safety practices that are evidence-based and warrants the need for new innovating and emerging research to minimize workplace accidents.
The scientific discipline of human factors and ergonomics and their domains of physical and cognitive ergonomics provide specialized approaches in preventing injuries and promoting safety. According to the International Ergonomics Association, physical ergonomics are concerned with human anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical characteristics while cognitive ergonomics is concerned with human, higher mental processing, motor response, and interactions with other elements of a system. Research and clinical approaches in physical ergonomics have included topics on working postures, balance, gait, slips, trips, falls, material handling, acute and repetitive work-related musculoskeletal disorders, fatigue, overexertion, and exhaustion. Research and clinical approaches in cognitive ergonomics have included topics on mental workload, situation awareness, vigilance, attention, memory, cognitive fatigue, memory, reasoning, decision-making, and human–computer interaction.
With recent advancements in human biomechanical, physiological, psychological, and cognitive research, this Special Issue will focus on the application of physical and cognitive ergonomics in workplace injury prevention and safety promotion. A wide range of topics addressing injury prevention and safety promotion in various hazardous occupations will be covered. Contributions including empirical research, review articles, case reports, etc. on injury prevention and safety promotion in ergonomics are encouraged.
Dr. Harish Chander
Dr. Reuben Burch
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- Human factors
- Occupational injuries
- Occupational safety
- Physical ergonomics
- Cognitive ergonomics
- Cognitive engineering
- Occupational biomechanics
- Occupational physiology