Some knowledge from ergonomic research may be readily accepted and applied in practice whereas other may need decades to be acknowledged. In general, the experience with research suggests that the implementation of an idea may take longer the more circles it disturbs. The task of implementing new knowledge appears simple if it helps transforming a low-end technical device (e.g. a computer mouse). On the other hand, if one tries to implement an idea that needs to be adopted in all levels of an enterprise or even in enterprises located in different countries waiting for the success may last decades.
The examples given below describe some processes of implementing knowledge in working life. Some of the ideas had been generated by us while others have been waiting for decades to be recognized. Although all examples describe procedures with our involvement, the overall success story has been written by numerous persons and institutions, and by partners.
• Vision tests for computer users ... more
• Flexible furniture for office work ... more
• Optimum visual distance for using electronic displays ... more
• Positive polarity for computer displays ... more
• Low profile keyboards ... more
• Exchangeable monitors for computers ... more
• Ear protection by limiting noise levels of headphones ... more
• Ergonomic assessment of nuclear power plants ... more
• Task lighting in German offices ... more