Mission of ESSA:
ESSA is an organisation whose main purpose is:
- The scientific development of Ergonomics in South Africa
- Ensuring a competent professional practice of Ergonomics in Africa
- The application and practice of Ergonomics within ethical principles and parameters in South Africa
- Promoting public policies that contribute to the development of integrated systems of occupational health and labour productivity in South Africa
- To be a representative of all Ergonomics activities of the IEA in South Africa
Objectives of ESSA:
ESSA intends to support the dissemination, knowledge, and application of Ergonomics and professional practice, seeking co-operation with the social and economic development of their people through the following objectives:
- Promote and advance the understanding and practice of Ergonomics by:
- Disseminating information to members, associated practitioners, the public and media representatives;
- Encouraging potential new members to join the Ergonomics profession;
- Organising appropriate meetings, seminars, conferences;
- Encouraging personal contact between ergonomists and other interested or affected parties;
- Maintaining and promoting contact with Academic Institutions, both local and overseas, and co-operating with statutory bodies and other interested or affected parties;
- Promote and support the creation and development of Ergonomics interest groups in South Africa
- Sharing responsibility for the international professional and scientific training in Ergonomics
- PAB has its own objectives – highlighted in its Charter
Values of ESSA:
- Decent Work defined by the Memorandum of the Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO ), 1999, “to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom , equity, security and human dignity.”
- Sustainability in production activities, defined as the balance between current and future health of workers and their working environment.
- Respect for human rights including more socially responsible approaches, acknowledging the need for social redress and more globally equitable access to economic, social, technological, political, and natural capital.
- Ergonomic decision-making should be based on the “best” solution for the entire system bearing in mind ecological equity and the socially responsible distribution of resources.
- Value and respect diversity that embraces human variability as well as ethnic and geographic diversity, and the diversity of other species (i.e. cultural diversity, human variability, and ecological diversity). This means accepting that local and indigenous solutions often have precedence over solutions that attempt to enforce ‘global’ solutions.
- Respect for the work culture which is understood as respect for the habits and customs of workers that do not involve risk or danger to themselves, their environment or their co-workers.