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Chairman's Message

My dear fellow members of the Ergonomics Society of Korea, I am Kim Yu-chang, the 19th chairman (January 2018-December 2019) of the Ergonomics Society of Korea (ESK). I am giving this inaugural address to wish you all the best. The ESK has grown and developed remarkably as a key society in Korea thanks to the efforts, services, dedications, and sacrifices of previous ESK chairmen and the ESK members for the past 34 years. With my assumption of the chairman’s office, we now have a permanent office for the ESK in Gangnam, Seoul this year, and the office is envisioned to be the center of ergonomic development. ESK’s basic philosophy is to make ergonomics become a discipline designing products or working environments suitable for human capabilities and characteristics. Ergonomics in Korea is expanding from the design of tools for life including chairs and beds to the design of cellphones, robots, and virtual reality products. Ergonomics in Korea also plays a pivotal role in solving workplace problems, such as musculoskeletal disorders, job stress, and human errors. Ergonomics will become an important discipline making a more convenient, safer, and healthier world. I, as the 19th chairman, along with the rest of the executives, will exert our utmost effort to make the ESK the best society in Korea through the improvement of the following: First, the ESK has a tradition to research maintaining a warm and cozy atmosphere through amity and communications between the members. Based on such a tradition, we will operate conferences where the members can participate freely and pleasantly. Second, the journal of the ESK will grow into the best journal in Korea. We will prepare the ground for Korea’s ESK to grow in playing a leading role in the world by hosting the International Ergonomics Association in 2024.
Third, there was a revision of a law through which ergonomic engineers can be appointed as health managers in October 2017. We will do our best for ergonomic experts to be more actively involved in our society through more development of such a legal system.
For the ESK to take off one step further, not to be self-complacent, your active participation is earnestly needed. I will also do my very best for the ESK to grow furthermore. I cordially ask for more interest and encouragement from you for the development of the ESK. Thank you. January 2018
Chairman of the Ergonomics Society of Korea