|Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972)|
|Lillian Gilbreth and Frank Gilbreth - The Birth of Ergonomics|
After the death of her husband Frank Gilbreth with whom she had co-authored many of the worker studies and were partners in the management consulting firm of Gilbreth, Inc., Lillian Gilbreth continued her work and turned her attention to the household worker and increasing the efficiency of kitchen appliances.
Lillian Gilbreth was an industrial engineer for General Electric and worked on improving kitchen designs. Gilbreth interviewed over 4,000 women to design the proper height for stoves, sinks, and other kitchen fixtures. In 1966, she became the fist women to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is essentially fitting the workplace to the worker. It involves the application of knowledge about human capacities and limitations to the design of workplaces, jobs, tasks, tools, equipment, and the environment.
The goal of ergonomics in the workplace is to prevent injuries and illnesses (work-related musculoskeletal disorders or WMDs) by reducing or eliminating worker exposure to occupational hazards. These hazards include:
Reference - http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/ergopgm/Faq/FAQ.htm