ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ergonomics and its Relationship with Anthropometry

Updated on January 18, 2010

Definition of Ergonomics in Books: As I have mentioned in my previous hub, ergonomics is the study of behavior and activities of people adapting systems and workstations to the needs of users. Ergonomics works in different areas such as biomechanics, environmental, cognitive, etc. The word ergonomics is obtained from the Greek words "ergos" which means work and "nomos," which means laws, for this literally means "labor laws". We can say that ergonomics is a multidisciplinary activity responsible for the conduct and activities with the aim of bringing the products, systems, jobs and environments, characteristics, limitations and needs, looking to optimize their effectiveness, workplace safety, and workplace comfort at one place.

Although there are different classifications of areas involving the work of ergonomists, in general, we can consider the following:

  1. Anthropometrics.
  2. Biomechanics and physiology.
  3. Environmental Ergonomics.
  4. Cognitive ergonomics.
  5. Ergonomics design and evaluation.
  6. Ergonomics specific needs.
  7. Ergonomics law.

Definition of Anthropometry – What is Anthropometry? How anthropometry is related to Ergonomics?

Definition of Anthropometry: Anthropometry is one of the areas that support ergonomics and deals with the human body measurements that refer to body size, strength, shape, and work capacity.

Ergonomics Relationship with Anthropometry: In ergonomics, anthropometric data are used to design workspaces, safety equipment and personal protection tools considering the differences between the characteristics, abilities, and physical limits of any particular human body.

The dimensions of the human body have been a recurring theme throughout the history of mankind, a widely known example is the drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, where the figure of a man is confined inside a square and a circle, where trying to describe the proportions of the human being  is "perfect." However, due to the differences between the proportions and dimensions of human beings, it is not possible to find an accurate model to describe the size and proportions of humans. Anthropometric studies have been made relating to a specific population, as can be male or female, and in different age ranges.

As discussed before in my previous articles or hubs, the scope of ergonomics is very broad and all the classifications and branches of ergonomics cannot be discussed in such small space and less amount of time and also listing all of them together can be very confusing, so I will discuss other branches and sub-branches of ergonomic in my upcoming hubs. This was all about ergonomics and anthropometry.

Learn anthropometry in a different style. Learn the differences between keyboard and piano and human relationship with them

Anthropometrics- Human dimensions in workplace design
Anthropometrics- Human dimensions in workplace design


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      thumbs up!!!...really good n give me new knowledge

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Anamika for your comment. Ergonomics is an important topic for me.

    • Anamika S profile image

      Anamika S Jain 

      9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Hmm... Interesting! Did not know much on this. Thanks for the Share.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)