Working Groups

Working Groups within the IES

The Irish Ergonomics Society from time to time may establish Working Groups to study relevant areas of interest. The work of such groups are bound by a defined project management process. 

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Standards Working Group

The Irish Ergonomics Society was approached by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) in 2004 to co-ordinate review and contribution to CEN/TC 122 Ergonomics Standards. To date, contribution to ergonomics standards from Ireland has been limited. The IES regards its responsibility in standards development as one of its important functions as the recognised professional society for ergonomics in Ireland. Hence, the IES embraces this opportunity and will endeavour to provide expertise in standards review and consultation as permitted by the availability and willingness to participate by suitable professionals. 

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Or, contact the Chair of the Group

Dr. Leonard O Sullivan FIES, MErgSoc
Department of Manufacturing and Operational Engineering
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
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Schools working group

This working group was set up as a result of expressed concern from ergonomists, psychologists and health care professionals about the lack of ergonomic principles incorporated into the everyday lives of children at school. Many issues were identified e.g. school furniture, schoolbag carriage. Of particular concern was the growing increase in children's use of computers with little consideration given to the ergonomic factors associated with computer installation and use. 

Members of the Working Group

Sara Dockrell, (chair) Lecturer, School of Physiotherapy, Trinity College, Dublin.

Enda Fallon, Senior lecturer, Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, NUI, Galway. 

Martina Kelly, Lecturer, Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, NUI, Galway. 

Bridget Masterson, Ergonomist, Intel, Leixlip.

Publications

Dockrell, S. Fallon, E. Kelly, Galvin, R., Sources and nature of secondary school teacher’s education in computer-related ergonomics. Computers & Education, 53, 2, (2009), 504-510.

Dockrell, S. Fallon, E. Kelly, Galvin, R., Computer use and ergonomics in post primary schools. Irish Ergonomics Review 2008 (2008), 2-4.

Dockrell, S.  Fallon, E.  Kelly, M. Masterson, B. Shields, N, School children's use of computers and teachers' education in computer ergonomics, Ergonomics, 50, (2007), 1657 - 1667.

Dockrell, S.  Fallon, E.  Kelly, M. Masterson, B. Shields, N.  Computers in primary schools in the Republic of Ireland - Use and ergonomics, Irish Ergonomics Review 2003,  (2003), 31 -36. 

Dockrell, S.  Fallon, E.  Kelly, M. Masterson, B. Shields, N. An investigation of primary school teacher- education on computer related ergonomics - Ergonomics in the digital age - Proceedings of the XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, Seoul, Korea (August 2003) 36.

Dockrell, S.  Fallon, E.  Kelly, M.  Shields, N.  Masterson, B.  Ergonomics in schools -Are we meeting the needs of our schoolchildren?  Physiotherapy Ireland, 24, 2, (2003), 38 -39.  

Contact Details

For further details on the Working Group or to request a copy of any of the above publications, contact:

Ms. Sara Dockrell - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

School of Physiotherapy, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James' Hospital, James' St., Dublin 8, Ireland.