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Scope

To develop International Standards in the area of Ergonomics of the Physical Environment including:

  • Thermal environments
  • Vision and lighting
  • Danger signals and communication in noisy environments
  • People with special requirements
  • Surface temperatures
  • Integrated environments
  • Perception of air quality
  • The design of accessible physical environments

The application of knowledge of human response to the environment (e.g. thermal, visual, vibration, noise and air quality) and effects of the environment (in terms of health and safety, comfort and human performance) on the design of systems. Techniques used include theoretical and analytical methods as well as simple indices used in application, survey methods and combinations of these depending upon the user requirements for the standards.

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35

published ISO standards *

under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 159/SC 5

7

ISO standards under development *

under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 159/SC 5

20

Participating members

15

Observing members

* number includes updates

Reference Title Type
ISO/TC 159/SC 5/WG 1 Thermal environments Working group
ISO/TC 159/SC 5/WG 4 Integrated environments Working group
ISO/TC 159/SC 5/WG 5 Physical environments for people with special requirements Working group
ISO/TC 159/SC 5/WG 7 Dynamic signs and signals in physical environments Working group

Liaison Committees to ISO/TC 159/SC 5

The committees below can access the documents of ISO/TC 159/SC 5:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
ISO/IEC JTC 1 Information technology ISO/IEC
ISO/TC 43 Acoustics ISO
ISO/TC 43/SC 1 Noise ISO
ISO/TC 59/SC 16 Accessibility and usability of the built environment ISO
ISO/TC 94/SC 13 Protective clothing ISO
ISO/TC 96 Cranes ISO
ISO/TC 108/SC 4 Human exposure to mechanical vibration and shock ISO
ISO/TC 173/SC 7 Assistive products for persons with impaired sensory functions ISO
ISO/TC 205 Building environment design ISO
ISO/TC 274 Light and lighting ISO

 

Liaison Committees from ISO/TC 159/SC 5

ISO/TC 159/SC 5 can access the documents of the committees below:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
CIE International Commission on Illumination ISO
ISO/TC 22 Road vehicles ISO
ISO/TC 23/SC 3 Safety and comfort ISO
ISO/TC 43 Acoustics ISO
ISO/TC 94/SC 13 Protective clothing ISO
ISO/TC 173 Assistive products ISO
ISO/TC 173/SC 7 Assistive products for persons with impaired sensory functions ISO
ISO/TC 205 Building environment design ISO
ISO/TC 274 Light and lighting ISO
ISO/TC 314 Ageing societies ISO

 

Organizations in liaison (Category A and B)

Acronym Title Category
ANEC European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardization A
CIE International Commission on Illumination A
IEA - ergonomics International Ergonomics Association A
EC - European Commission European Commission B
ILO International Labour Organization B

ISO/TC 159/SC 5 - Secretariat

BSI [United Kingdom]

British Standards Institution
389 Chiswick High Road
London
W4 4AL
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 208 996 90 00
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