Cornell University Ergonomics Web

Ecological Ergonomics: the study of human work environments.

Alan Hedge

Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, NYS College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, MVR Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401, U.S.A.


Ecological ergonomics investigates the principles for creating and maintaining habitable and healthy work environments. This overview illustrates the multidisciplinary nature of ecological ergonomics. The field covers a diverse array of work environment factors that influence worker health, satisfaction and productivity. These factors include the effects of thermal conditions, indoor air quality, office lighting, acoustics, office technology and workplace design.