In 2003, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society designated October of every year as National Ergonomics Month (NEM)! The purpose of NEM is to create awareness of human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) through grassroots, community-based activities at colleges and universities, high schools, and corporations by providing information and services to the community. Promoting the science, application, and profession of HF/E can be fun, and as safety professionals and ergonomists we can do this in many ways, such as teaching, networking and providing resources to our clients and the general public.
Here are two videos that were made as part of a YouTube Video Contest during NEM in 2011. They’re oldies but goodies! The first one, “Microwave Races” was done by University College London, and if you’ve ever been baffled by a microwave, you’ll appreciate this one. I worked at a company not too long ago and in the lunch room, there were three microwaves and the controls were completely different on each one. I could always find amusement in watching people try to figure them out…. This video has an amusing start, but a very serious message.
The second one, a San Jose State University HFES Student Chapter Submission, is great as well. “Human Factors: As Seen on TV” is a little long at 4+ minutes, but worth the watch if you have the time. It shows some great examples of human error in everyday life, through TV clips. ENJOY!! And spread the word!
University College London