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Ergonomic work analysis

This analysis is inspired primarily by the European school of ergonomics (holistic, related to the social sciences) but also uses methods from the American school (biomechanics, related to the natural sciences).  Both qualitative and quantitative, it addresses the organizational, cognitive and physical aspects of work.  It studies the strategies used by male and female workers to accomplish their assigned tasks while protecting their health.  Referring to these strategies and to obstacles experienced by workers using these strategies, ergonomists develop new methods in collaboration with their partners. French and Québec researchers, including members of our team, have adapted this theoretical framework to the study of women’s work.  The framework takes into account the specific nature of the work done by women and men, as well as its effects.  The characteristics of the research process ensure the full involvement of people in the work environment.  There is constant consultation: the request comes from the workplace, questions are developed jointly; during the study, provisional conclusions and future steps are presented to the partners, who will then participate with the ergonomists at the end of the project in the development of solution scenarios.


David, H., Cloutier, E., & La Tour, S. (2003). Le recours aux agences privées d'aide à domicile et de soins infirmiers par les services de soutien à domicile des CLSC (R-346). Montréal: IRSST.

Dejours, Christophe 1993 Travail:  Usure Mentale. [Work:  Mental Wear and Tear] 2e édition.  Paris:  Bayard.

Guérin F, Laville, A, Daniellou F, Duraffourg J,  Kerguelen A. 1997. Comprendre le travail pour le transformer. Montrouge:  ANACT.

Leplat J. Regards sur l'activité en situation de travail.  [Considering activity in the workplace.] Paris: PUF. 1997.

Messing, K. 1999.  Integrating Gender in Ergonomic Analysis:  Strategies for Transforming Women's Work.  Brussel, Belgium:  European Trade Union Institute.

Messing K, Seifert, AM, Vézina, N, Chatigny, C, Balka, E,. Qualitative research using numbers: Analysis developed in france and used to transform work in north america. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy 15 (2005) 245-260.

 Teiger, C., and Bernier C. (1992)  Ergonomic analysis of work activity of data entry clerks in the computerized service sector can reveal unrecognized skills.  Women and Health  18, (3): 67-78.

Vézina N. La pratique de l’ergonomie face aux TMS : ouverture à l’interdisciplinarité / [Ergonomic practice and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDS) : openness to interdisciplinarity], Session plénière (keynote). Comptes-rendus du 36ième Congrès de la Société d'ergonomie de langue française et du 32ième congrès de l'Association canadienne d'ergonomie, Montréal, pp. 44-60 (version française) and pp. 39-54 (English version). 2001.

Wisner A. Réflexions sur l'ergonomie (1962-1995) [Reflections on ergonomics (1962-1995).]. (preface) Toulouse: Octares Éditions. 1995


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