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The Criteria of Work Systems Design

Design should enable  

  • development of learning, health and personality to improve general competences, capacities and experiences
  • freedom from physical and mental impairment through task variations (e.g. monitoring limits to avoid low vigilance)
  • freedom from harm by OSH classics (e.g. obstacle-free floor for trip reduction)
  • feasibility of work compatible with generic human physical and mental abilities (e.g. hand grip and force, colour discrimination)


  • EN ISO 6385:2016. Ergonomic principles in the design of work systems. CEN, Brussels.
  • Hacker, W. (2011). Mental Workload. In: Stellmann, J.M. (ed.) ILO Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety (vol. 1, 29.41-43). International Labour Office, Geneva.