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Work System Concept Issues

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The Concept of Work Systems Design

The work system comprises workers and work equipment acting together to perform the system function in the workspace, in the work environment, under the conditions imposed by the work tasks. In human factors and ergonomics disciplines, work systems design is a flexible and iterative process that takes into account components and interdependencies between system components. As a result, the design of the whole system is more than the sum of its parts. 


  • EN ISO 6385:2016. Ergonomic principles in the design of work systems. CEN, Brussels.
  • Sanders, M.S., McCormick, E.J. (1993). Human factors in engineering and design. McGraw Hill, New York.