Address : SwissErgo
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Ergonomie
CH-3000, Bern, Schweiz
Address web : http://www.swissergo.ch
Webmaster : Patrick Baur. Email : email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
President and IEA council member : Dr Thomas Stüdeli (Eur.Erg, PhD).
Niederfeldstrasse 27, CH-8932 Mettmenstetten
Tel : +41 (76) 331 36 20. Email : email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President : Patrice Fosse. Email : email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasury : Urs Kaufmann. Email : email@example.com
Secretary : Christine Delessert. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Maggie Graf. Phone +41 (79) 439 58 61. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Arial. Email : email@example.com
FEES representative : PD Dr Marino Menozzi. Phone +41 (44) 632 39 81. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Active FEES membership
3rd October 2013, (Fribourg, Switzerland) , Conference "PPE - From protection against risks to hazards through protective equipment". Deadline for proposal : July 15th 2013
In attachment : German, English and French version
The Swiss Ergonomics Association, in short SwissErgo, is the umbrella organization for all ergonomists and people involved in ergonomics in Switzerland. SwissErgo is a member of the Swiss Federation of Societies for Safety and Health at Work (Suissepro). Internationally SwissErgo is active as member of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE) as well as the Federation of European Ergonomics Societies (FEES). SwissErgo's goal is to promote ergonomics in academic studies and in professional practice.
SwissErgo was founded in spring 1999 with 26 founding members and has today more than 150 members. Our association is “young” considering that in the second half of the last century Swiss ergonomists produced significant scientific contributions in the field and were at the forefront of the international development of ergonomics. Starting points and driving forces were three institutions led by important personalities: The Institute for Occupational Medicine and Ergonomics at the University of Geneva (Paule Rey, 1969-1994), the Institute for Occupational Health Science at University of Lausanne (Michel Guillemin, 1984-2005 and Brigitta Danuser 2005-) and the Institute for Hygiene and Applied Physiology at the ETH Zurich (Etienne Grandjean 1950-1983 and Helmut Krueger 1983-2004).
SwissErgo organizes an annual “exchange of experiences day” and one-day seminars on current themes. Members of SwissErgo are active in all geographic and linguistic regions of Switzerland and in all work the major domains of ergonomics. As an active member of CREE, SwissErgo also offers certification as a European Ergonomist (Eur.Erg.) to suitably qualified members.
Today the development of ergonomics in Switzerland has slowed down after a decade of growth owing to the closure of the ETH Institute for Hygiene and Applied Physiology and the dropping of the ergonomics stream in the Master of Work and Health course. However we witness that more and more academic disciplines and professional groups have included methods and principles of ergonomics into their practice. This integration opened new areas for interventions and broadened our involvement in software development, systems and industrial design.. The recognition of ergonomics as an important part of occupational health and safety is still not legally anchored but in practice more and more people are active as consultants in this area. Therefore it can be noted that the interest in the field of ergonomics is growing and that our society is faced with new and different needs in terms of education.
Ergonomics has become more diverse, colorful and dynamic. Ergonomics as a scientific discipline and as profession is still developing and significant changes in our work environment provide researchers and practitioners with new challenges. Traditional topics such as lighting, noise and handling of loads remain important. New topics such as telework and information technology are still relatively unexplored. The world of work and the needs of society and the individual are subject to constant change. Ergonomics methods and standards (e.g. workplace and stress analysis) must constantly be updated and improved.