What will an ergonomist do when performing an assessment?

  • Take measurements using tools like tape measures and force gauges
  • Talk with workers about the work they are performing
  • Take photos and videos of the workplace and workers performing activities under study (“a picture is worth a thousand words”)
It is common for workers to not want to be photographed. Their wishes will always be respected. I always try to avoid photographing workers faces. However, this may not be possible if head/neck postures are being studied. If a face does appear in a photo, I always obscure it, if it is used in a follow up report. Part of a professional ergonomists code of ethics is to maintain client confidentiality, however if there is anything that you don’t want photographed be sure to let me know.