The Center for Ergonomics Studies (CEE) is an interdisciplinary research group within the Department of Industrial Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, which is devoted to developing industrial and service solutions seeking the welfare of workers and business productivity. The Center’s thematic scope of action includes the topics of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene and Safety, and Injury Prevention. The mission of the Center is accomplished through research, training, and consultant services in the former areas.
The CEE is unique in its area and recognized by COLCIENCIAS (Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Colombia) as an A1-category research group, which is the highest rating granted by the entity, and accounts for the strengths of the Center in the production of scientific and technological knowledge.
The CEE has alliances and partnerships with the leading academic national institutions as well as prestigious institutions, universities, and international research groups, such as the Fogarty International Center (USA), UT at Houston (USA), Royal Institute of Technology (Switzerland), University of Southampton (England), Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (DE), and Northeastern University (USA).
The work done by the CEE ultimately aims to improve the quality of working life for employees; as a result, CEE has developed and implemented new and improved manual materials handling, working conditions and security, mechanical exposures, among others. Some of the most recent partners we have worked with and for whom we have developed industrial and service solutions are the following:
- Empresa Colombiana de Petróleos – Ecopetrol S.A.
- Oleoducto de los Llanos Orientales – ODL
- ARP Sura
- Carbones de Colombia – Cerrejón
- Grupo Nutresa
- Hospital Universitario San Ignacio
- Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela)
- Universitaria Tecnológica de Casanare
- Instituto colombiano de derecho tributario – ICDT
- Columbia-Texas GEO HEalth Hub Collaborative
Due to the existing need in Colombian companies to increase productivity and improve health conditions in the workplace and the interests of the School of Engineering to strengthen research, the idea of creating a unit in the Department of Industrial Engineering surged. Moreover, the unit would be responsible for these issues and would foster interdisciplinary work with other colleges around them. As a result, in the framework of the Exchange agreement between the University of Houston and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, the School of Engineering proposed a project to the President in 1994, which would result in the decision to establish the Center for Ergonomics Studies.
In 1998, the area provided for the Ergonomics Lab was assigned on the university campus as well as the proper setup needed for the lab to function, thanks to the support of the university, the School of Engineering, and the John Fogarty International Fund.
Currently, CEE has excellent human resources, equipment, and an area which allows the laboratory to put forward their services.
The CEE aims to be recognized nationally and internationally for the Center’s commitment in regards to:
- Meeting the needs of the stakeholders,
- Achieving the timely and appropriate delivery of teaching activities, research, and service with suitable equipment
- Guarantying a competent staff in their field of work
- Continuing to improve the Center’s processes.