Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Introducing Vitruvian Ergonomics

Welcome to Vitruvian Ergonomics’ blog. Through this forum I will touch on new and interesting developments in the world of ergonomics, and will also familiarize you with the noteworthy features and interesting applications of the products that Vitruvian Ergonomics represents.

By way of introduction, I have worked in Occupational Health & Safety for more than 15 years. Most of this time has been spent in the front line delivery of services related to on the job injury prevention. I have travelled all over Ontario delivering injury prevention training, developing return-to-work plans, conducting physical demand analysis and conducting ergonomic assessments. In my new role heading up Vitruvian Ergonomics, I will draw from my background and experience in this field to introduce relevant and useful products.

In case you were wondering why our company name is what it is, allow me to give a brief overview of the background of this famous diagram:

Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” drawing (circa 1487) is based on correlations between ideal human proportions and geometry. It exemplifies the balance between art and science that was so dominant during the Renaissance. The original drawing is accompanied by notes based on the work of famed 1st century Roman Architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio. Vitruvius described the human figure as being the principal source of proportion among the classical orders of architecture. Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system. It is a profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

Da Vinci’s image and the writings of Vitruvius speak to what is at the core of ergonomics …… human-centered design.

Until next time … be well.
Steven Watson, Vitruvian Ergonomics
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