Ergonomics and Applied Psychosociology
The assessment of a position at a workplace should allow one to identify conditions that could possibly affect the worker´s health. Such conditions should include the consideration of excessive mental stress.
Ergonomics based on a broad concept of health, proposes to improve those aspects of the work environment that affect the whole person. The ultimate goal is to reach comfortable working conditions that do not physically, mentally, or socially harm the worker, while at the same time allowing for enhanced personal development through job performance.
In order to deal with the problems of mental workload in an efficient manner, as with any other problem, it is essential to base the solutions on systematic knowledge of the situation obtained through inquiry, a process known as "risk assessment" and in this particular case, "psychosocial risk assessment."
For effective preventive measures, it is important to have an accurate understanding of the problems in the work environment. This is why the specialization in Ergonomics and Psychology takes into account information provided by all participants from the technical specialists knowledgeable about different risks, to the affected workers themselves.