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October 14, 1975
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Declassified in Part -Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/01 :NSA-RDP96X00790R000100020022-2 (b)(1) (b)(3) i.?9 Soviets Expand Applied Human Factors Research According to recent articles, Soviet managers of nonmilitary-related industries have been adapting basic ergonomic (human factors) research to improve the system and operator efficiency of their xork programs. Thees applications have ranged from the use of human factors studies in developing xork conditions xhich help eliminate accidents to the evaluation of certain types of ~oba suitable for phychiatric patients undergoing xork therapy. In each case, the importance of human factors research is mentioned specifically along xith reference to expanding future research in this area. (JPRS 65613, 8 Sep 75; 63298, 29 Oct ?4; 65650, 10 Sep 75; 65142, 3 Jul 75) (~ COMMENT: It is expected that Soviet work in this field will parallel that of the US. Thus, the application df human factors research will help the Soviets in the long range to solve some of the problems they are currently experiencing in man-machine interface, fob training and worker productivity. The articles proclaimed the significance and successful application of Soviet ergonomic (human factors) research. In most cases the validity of the results obtained cannot be fudged from the data presented because of the lack of information on the experimental design. Nevertheless, the fact that articles emphasizing the need for human factors research are,p~ beginning to proliferate indicates that this field is recognized at the managerial level as important. If An fact these articles are repora?ing experimentally valid and reliable results, it is expected that human factors research will continue ho expand at a rapid pace in the USSR. This abundance of articles is most likely a direct result of: (1) the 23rd and 24th CPSU Congresses which heavily em aaized stud of the place and role of wo era i.n specific production processes xith the goal o~ accelerating the growth of labor over Declassified in Part -Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/01 :NSA-RDP96X00790R000100020022-2 Declassified in Part -Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/01 :NSA-RDP96X00790R000100020022-2 (b)(1) (b)(3) productivity, and (2~ a "hard sell" of the B. F. Lomov; Director of the Inst. of ~ P~pho ~Ce~d own fac hr~~~srch b ed is human factors research. engag Weekly Surveyor OSI ~TS-L~ 1 /75 14 October 1975 p. 4 Declassified in Part -Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/01 :NSA-RDP96X00790R000100020022-2