Standardization in the field of human factors and ergonomics for the design and evaluation of consumer products and work systems, including tasks, jobs, tools, equipment, organizations, services, facilities and environments, in order to make them compatible with the characteristics, the needs and values, and the abilities and limitations of people.

This Sub-Committee addresses ergonomics principles and processes. These are based on human factors and ergonomics knowledge and experience and are aimed at promoting a human centered approach to ensure human safety, health and well-being and optimize overall system performance.

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Sustainable Development Goals

This committee contributes with 9 standards to the following Sustainable Development Goals:


published ISO standards *

under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 159/SC 1


ISO standard under development *

under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 159/SC 1


Participating members


Observing members

* number includes updates

Reference Title Type
ISO/TC 159/SC 1/WG 1 Principles of ergonomics and ergonomic design Working group
ISO/TC 159/SC 1/WG 2 Ergonomic principles related to mental work Working group
ISO/TC 159/SC 1/WG 5 Ergonomic process standards Working group

Liaison Committees to ISO/TC 159/SC 1

The committees below can access the documents of ISO/TC 159/SC 1:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 35 User interfaces ISO/IEC
ISO/TC 8 Ships and marine technology ISO
ISO/TC 23 Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry ISO
ISO/TC 94 Personal safety -- Personal protective equipment ISO
ISO/TC 101 Continuous mechanical handling equipment [STANDBY] ISO
ISO/TC 106 Dentistry ISO
ISO/TC 110 Industrial trucks ISO
ISO/TC 127/SC 2 Safety, ergonomics and general requirements ISO
ISO/TC 133 Clothing sizing systems - size designation, size measurement methods and digital fittings ISO
ISO/TC 136 Furniture ISO
ISO/TC 137 Footwear sizing designations and marking systems ISO
ISO/TC 150 Implants for surgery ISO
ISO/TC 199 Safety of machinery ISO
ISO/TC 283 Occupational health and safety management ISO


Liaison Committees from ISO/TC 159/SC 1

ISO/TC 159/SC 1 can access the documents of the committees below:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
ISO/TC 199 Safety of machinery ISO
ISO/TC 283 Occupational health and safety management ISO


Organizations in liaison (Category A and B)

Acronym Title Category
ETUC European Trade Union Confederation A
IEA - ergonomics International Ergonomics Association A
ILO International Labour Organization A
WDO World Design Organization A
WHO World Health Organization A

ISO/TC 159/SC 1 - Secretariat

DIN [Germany]

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