HFEM Conference and ErgoCUP 2018

23 September 2018, Shah Alam, Selangor – The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Malaysia (HFEM) ended a successful effort with the FKM UITM, Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and Samsung Electronics to promote human factors and ergonomics in Malaysia through its  ErgoCUP and HFEMC 2018 at FKM UITM.

HFEM is a federated member of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and a member of the Southeast Asian Network of Ergonomics Societies (SEANES). HFEM was established in 2010 as a non-profit organisation to promote the application of human factors and ergonomics (HFE) knowledge for design of products, systems and services. The Society offers consulting and training services to all sectors. To date, HFEM has collaborated with DOSH in developing Guidelines for Ergonomics Risk Assessment in the industry. It also supported SOCSO in ergonomics training of individuals in government and industry.

The ErgoCUP and HFEMC were held with the theme “ErgoThinking: It’s time to Rethink” and was attended by 180 participants from all over Malaysia , comprising of researchers, academicians and students and practitioners from human factors and ergonomics and also occupational health and safety. The Conference was officiated by the Ir. Dr. Majahar

There were 3 plenary speakers at the conference. Mr. Ishkandar Bin Md Yusoff, Deputy director Hygiene Industry and Ergonomics department, DOSH speakers talked about Rules and Regulations in Ergonomics. Associate Professor Dr. Anitawati Mohd Lokman, from faculty of science computer and mathematics, UiTM. talked about “Kansei Engineering”. SAMSUNG Malaysia Mr. Lee Min Ho from SAMSUNG talked about Ergonomics intervention in SAMSUNG Factory. In addition, some 8 papers, with topics ranging from physical and cognitive ergonomics, to occupational safety and health was presented at the two-day event.

In conjunction with the HFEMC 2018 an ergonomics design competition called the ErgoCUP was also held to award ergonomically best designed products and to encourage the design of products that meet global and local ergonomics standards of safety, productivity, usability and user satisfaction. There were 2 categories: Open and School. A panel of highly experienced judges with more than 20 years of expertise in human factors, ergonomics and occupational safety and health decided on the winning products. For open category, the gold award for the best ergonomics product was by DETECTION OF LUNG NODULES USING IMAGE PROCESSING (SOFTWARE BASIS) from UniMAP. Silver award was “Safety Helmet Prototype” from UPM and Bronze award for UTeM 3D CAMERA ANTHROPOMETRY SYSTEM (3D CAS). Prizes in the form of electronic products were sponsored by Samsung Electronics.  While for school category, Gold award goes to MRSM Terendak, ANTI ANIMAL PROOF BIN, While SMBPI Temerloh’s Z.A.N LOCKER won silver and MRSM Terendak, SMART EXAMINATION TOILET INDICATOR (SETI) won bronze.

“Ergonomics is not something new. Leading country in ergonomics such as South Korea, United Kingdom and United State actively organise and involve in research, especially on the application of ergonomics in the workplace,” said the Ir, Dr. Majahar . Mr Seong Jeon Woo. “Thus, the level of awareness, knowledge and implementation of ergonomics in Malaysia should be enhanced further.”

Prof Dr. Shamsul Bahri Mohd Tamrin, current President of HFEM noted that HFEM takes pride in initiating this collaborative effort. It is hoped that more participants from the industry as well as academicians will take part in future HFEM conferences, in order to establish the culture of human factors and ergonomics in Malaysian workplaces.

Dr. Ahmad Khushairy Makhtar
Chairman HFEM ErgoCUP 2018

onomics in Malaysian workplaces

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HFEM Seminar, CPEM Workshop & AGM 2017

HFEM Seminar 2017

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HFEM Seminar 2017 has been successfully held on 21st September 2017 at MIMOS Berhad in conjunction with 7th Annual General Meeting. This seminar is officiated by Director of Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics Division, Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Malaysia.

HFEM would like to express a heartfelt gratitude to all speakers. Your presence and commitment made this event a great success.

To all participants, we hope that you found the seminar informative and worthwhile for your undertaking.

Speaker: Prof. Abdul Shukor bin Abdullah
Title: Identifying the WOW! Factors in Ergonomic Assessment & Interventions in our industries

Featured Speakers

Speaker: Captain Kannan a/l Perumal
Title: Aviation Disasters: Human Factors – Role & Contribution

Speaker : Izwan bin  Ismail
Title: User experience: Sense making design

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Khairul Aidil Azlin  Abd Rahman
Title: The power of design

Speaker: Dieter Lim
Title: The Advanced Muscularskeleton Simulation & Haptic Technology in Ergonomics.

CPEM Workshop


1st workshop of Certified Professional Ergonomist Malaysia (CPEM) on 21st Sept 2017 led by Prof Halimahtun, as many as 25-30 participants, ranging from academia, independent consultants as well as industries gathered in the workshop to give their valuable inputs for the CPEM program.

The workshop helped determine the goals for certification, the certified titles to be awarded, the courses to be offered to complete gaps in human factors and ergonomics knowledge, and the process for certification to be adopted by HFEM.

HFEM Annual Grand Meeting 2017

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Annual General Meeting held on 21st September 2017 attended by 33 members chaired by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shamsul Bahri Md Tamrin.

List of new Executive Board of Society (2017-2019) as the following:

President: AP Dr. Shamsul Bahri Mohd Tamrin

Vice President 1: Dr. Muhammad Syafiq Syed

Vice President 2: Dr. Ng Yee Guan

Secretary: Khairul Nazri Abd. Wahib

Assistant Secretary: Dr. Ahmad Khushairy Makhtar

Treasurer: Choong Soo Li

Ordinary members:

  • Mohd Ammar Samsu Rahman
  • Raemy Md. Zein
  • Captain Kannan Perumal
  • Ismail Abdul Rahman

Immediate Past President: Mohamad Fauzi Yahaya

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Assessment for environmental ergonomics factors

HFEM-SOCSO Program (7) 2017

This is a 7th program organized by HFEM and supported by SOCSO held in Pulau Pinang. This program is attended by 39 participants from various department from Sanmina-SCI System on October 16,2017.

Participants were introduced to historical development, definition, daily and industrial applications; legislative requirements; general health effects and ergonomics risk factors. Several examples of case-studies were used for spontaneous exercises for participants in order to test their understanding of ergonomics concept in workplace environment.

Further exploration lighting, noise and vibration, temperature (hot and cold) and ventilation were further discussed in order to provide knowledge on each element and identified the strategies for workplace improvement.

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Ergonomics for Healthcare Sector

HFEM-SOCSO Program (6) 2017

Ergonomics for Healthcare Sector is a program organized by HFEM and supported by SOCSO. This program has been successfully held at KPJ Seremban Specialist, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

The first session started with a SOCSO representative delivered information about the SOCSO and benefits of SOCSO’s contributors.  After the morning tea break, the participants were introduced to definition and concept of ergonomics. Several examples of hospital case-studies were used as exercises for participants in order to test their understanding of ergonomics concept at healthcare environment and workplace.

Further exploration of one concept (fatigue) in human factor model was deeply used to provide the understanding of direct factors, influencing factors and intervention in healthcare settings.  In the final session, participants were also introduced to several types of stretching exercises to practice and perform in future.

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SIG Transportation Activity

The Transportation Special Interest Group intends to provide a platform for relevant stakeholders for any activities related to human factors and ergonomics (HFE) in the area of Transportation, covering both land and aviation sectors.

The current committee members consist of academicians and practitioners.

Chairman: Mohd Hafzi Md Isa, Head of Crash Safety Engineering Unit, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS).


  • Ahmad Khushairy Makhtar, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM Shah Alam
  • Helmi Rashid, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM Shah Alam
  • Kannan Perumal, Adjunct Professor, International Business School, UTM Kuala Lumpur
  • Joel Lim, Managing Director, JIT Training & Resources
Technical Visit to Air Traffic Controller (ATC), 24 October 2017 KLIA West Tower
Crash Testing & Vehicle Safety Course, 13-14 November 2017, MIROS PC3 Melaka
Road Safety & Motorcycle Ergonomics Talk, 22 November 2017, UiTM Shah Alam
Career Talk in Aviation, 25 November 2017, UiTM Shah Alam

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Introduction to Ergonomics Assessment Methods

Introduction to Ergonomics Assessment Method held on 1-2 August 2017 at CIESH Excellent Academy. This two-days training program is designed specifically based on the new Ergonomics Guideline 2017 for practitioners who would like to be a Trained Person in conducting Ergonomics Risk Assessment (Initial Level).


1) Assoc.Prof. Dr. Shamsul Bahri Md Tamrin (Main and Technical Committee,  Guidelines on Ergonomics Risk Assesment at Workplace 2017)
2) Dr. Ng Yee Guan (Technical Committee,  Guidelines on Ergonomics Risk Assesment at Workplace 2017)



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Office Ergonomics & Manual Handling Talk

HFEM has been invited to give a talk on Office Ergonomics and Manual Handling at Dutch Lady Milk Industries, Petaling Jaya , Selangor. A two-hours talk was one of the activities scheduled in conjunction with Safety, Health and Environmental Week to create awareness on the importance of practicing safe work culture among workers. It was organized by Department of Safety, Health and Environment, Dutch Lady Milk Industries (DLMI) on August 16, 2017.

Speaker: Dr. Muhammad Izzat Nor Ma’arof

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Ergonomics for Agricultural Sector

HFEM-SOCSO Program (5) 2017

Ergonomics for Agricultural Sector is a program organized by HFEM and supported by SOCSO. This program has been successfully held at Risda Plantation Sdn. Bhd. , Ampang, Kuala Lumpur on August 22, 2017. Special thanks to all participants from  Risda Plantation for a great support and active participation during the program.

Generally, the session went well where SOCSO representative delivered the information about the SOCSO and benefits of SOCSO’s contributors.  After the morning tea break, the participants were introduced to the definition, concept of ergonomics and examples of ergonomics risk factors. Various pictures were used for spontaneous exercises for participants to test their knowledge – identify the risk factors of ergonomics. Online quiz and group work session were conducted in order to assess the participants’ understanding on ergonomics. In the final session, participants were also introduced to several types of exercise during stretching exercise demonstration so that they can practice and perform accordingly in future.

Stretching demonstration

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Ergonomics on two-wheels: Where are we heading? – Part 2

Continue from Part 1.

So, where were we?

Yes, if I am not terribly mistaken, we were previously discussing on the ergonomics adjustability service which is provided by our very own local bicycle vendors in Malaysia. As mentioned, a particular bicycle vendor in KL actually provided their customer with the after sales service in customizing their newly purchased bicycle to ‘fit’ best their very own anthropometry. The plan was…yes, the plan *cough* was; for me to actually visits this particular vendor with the interest (not really investigation per se) on identifying the method in which they utilize to ‘fit’ the human operator (cyclist) on the workstation (bicycle). 

It is interesting to note that my postgraduate research was kinda similar to this particular service. In my study, I’d develop a mathematical modelling in order to ‘fit’ human operator on motorcycle i.e. the human operator does not need to be present in order for the ‘fit’ to be identified. Whereas, from the information and photographic evidences provided by my colleague (whose dearest husband purchased a bicycle at the particular store and made the necessary adjustments), for the ergonomics adjustability service to be determined, it was observed that the human operator was actually needed to be present during the entire process. From the photo, he was observed to be seated on the bicycle and certain body angle were determined. 

Interesting isn’t? 

However, yes, however indeed, due to some unavoidable circumstances, really, it was unavoidable; I am still yet to visit the particular bicycle vendor. I’ll soon reschedule to make a proper visit. In the meantime, I would like to share just a little bit of info in regards to bicycling or motorcycling working posture. Although in a glance, we can say that the working postures for bicycling and motorcycling are almost identical, nevertheless, upon close examination, or you just happen to have the opportunity to ride on both modes of transportations; the workstation layout plays a major role with respect to the resulting muscle activity which is needed to practice and hold the bicycling/motorcycling working posture. 

The full results of the investigation on the muscular activity with respect to motorcycling posture will hopefully be presented during the 8th International Conference in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 2017 (ICME ’17) in Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman (yeay). But, do not be alarmed, we will continue the discussion in regards to the effects of workstation layout on the human operator’s muscle activity in the upcoming newsletter.

Dr. Muhammad Izzat Nor Ma’arof
Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Department,
Faculty of Engineering and Quantity Surveying,
Persiaran Perdana BBN, Putra Nilai, 71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
INTI International University.

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HFEM-SOCSO Program (4) 2017

Motorcycle Ergonomics is a program organized by HFEM and supported by SOCSO. This program has been successfully held at TM Convention  Center on July 19, 2017. Special thanks to all participants from  Telekom Malaysia for a great support and active participation during the program.
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