A review of the principles, methods and models used in environmental ergonomics is
provided in terms of the effects of heat and cold, vibration, noise and light on the
health, comfort and performance of people. Environmental ergonomics is an integral
part of the discipline of ergonomics and should be viewed and practised from that
perspective. Humans do not respond to the environment in a way monotonically related
to direct measures of the physical environment. There are human characteristics which
determine human sensitivities and responses. Practical methods for assessing responses
to individual environmental components are presented as well as responses to 'total'
environments and current and proposed International Standards concerned with the ergonomics
of the physical environment.