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On human terms: content

Chapter 1 – Designing work and technology on human terms

This chapter gives you a broad introduction to what the course is about – that is to say, how to design work and technology on human terms. It also gives you an introduction to the HTO concept – which has to do with considering a situation from multiple different perspectives. HTO stands for the interaction between Human, Technology and Organisation. 

Chapter 2 – Psychosocial work environment

This chapter deals with the interaction between people in the workplace, among other things. The psychosocial work environment affects both the human psyche and the body. One example of this is that stress can frequently be put down to psychosocial causes – and that stress can result in physical symptoms and accidents. 

Chapter 3 – The organisation of production and work

This chapter is about how work is organised. The way in which technology and people are organised for the production of goods and services is a key factor characterising the workplace environment, and is also a key factor determining the productivity and the quality of the goods or services produced. 

Chapter 4 – Physical load

This chapter deals with direct physical impacts on bones, muscles and the vascular system – under both dynamic and static load. 

Chapter 5 – Physical factors

This chapter is about how people are affected by sounds, light, vibrations, the thermal climate and radiation. 

Chapter 6 – Chemical health risks in working life

This chapter is about how we are affected by different substances’ chemical and biological properties at work. 

Chapter 7 – Human-machine systems

This chapter deals with the interaction between humans and technology. Among other things, this chapter addresses people’s ability to perceive, think and take decisions. It also deals with people’s ability to interact physically with technology. 

Chapter 8 – Safety and risk

This chapter deals with how risks occur, are identified, analysed and combated. The objective is to achieve effective risk management. 

Chapter 9 – Methods

This chapter covers a variety of methods for studying, analysing, developing and assessing environments and systems. 

Chapter 10 – Development processes

This chapter provides a step-by-step guide for how to go about developing a product, technical system or workplace. 

Chapter 11 – Occupational injuries

This chapter covers occupational injuries in Sweden and how they can be prevented by means of systematic work environment management. 

Chapter 12 – Work environment and economics

This chapter describes how to make calculations on work environment investments from a Swedish business perspective. The chapter also brings up management control models that include work environment management in the enterprise management system. 

Chapter 13 – Work environment legislation

This chapter has to do with Swedish work environment legislation – how it emerged, its purpose, its structure and how it is maintained. 

Chapter 14 – Standardisation

This chapter describes the purpose of standards, how they come about, as well as different types of standards.

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