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October 10, 2019

Leveraging Ergonomic Design Guidelines

Effective ergonomics processes emphasize both improvement and prevention – reducing ergonomics risks in existing operations while ensuring the ergonomics acceptability of new products and equipment.  Ergonomic […]
September 26, 2019

Why Standardize Your Workplace Ergonomics Assessment Tools?

Successful ergonomics improvement programs include at least these 4 steps: Identifying Potential Ergonomics Issues Ergonomics Assessment Tools Controlling Ergonomics Risks Cost Justifying Ergonomic Improvements If your […]
September 18, 2019

Accelerate Workplace Ergonomics by Systematically Linking to Lean and Six Sigma

Successful workplace ergonomics programs drive improvements that reduce ergonomics risk while making jobs easier, effective and less painful for workers. Since Lean and Six Sigma programs […]
September 11, 2019

5 Proven Ways to Identify Workplace Ergonomics Issues

Successful ergonomics initiatives are designed to drive workplace ergonomics improvements that reduce risk while making jobs easier and less painful for workers. A robust approach that […]
July 18, 2019

Ergonomics Analysis: Checklists vs. Assessments

What’s the difference between an ergonomics checklist and an ergonomics assessment tool, and when should one or the other be used? In general, they may seem […]
July 17, 2019

VIDEO: Quick Tips Managing Ergonomics for Non-Repetitive Jobs

Ergonomics can be challenging, particularly when trying to assess ergonomics in non-repetitive (non-cyclical) jobs. Here we offer a few tips you can start using today.  For […]
July 1, 2019

Is Ergonomics Analysis Helping or Hurting your Ergonomics Improvement Process?

Ergonomics is an improvement process that, when successful, achieves meaningful outcomes such as less muscle fatigue, increased productivity, and reduced number and severity of work-related MSDs […]
June 20, 2019

Infographic: Improving Ergonomics for Field Workers

What can you control? Improving ergonomics for field workers pays back by reducing risk exposure and improving job performance. This infographic captures the main things you […]
June 17, 2019

Why It’s So Hard to Assess Ergonomics in Non-Repetitive Jobs

Ergonomics assessment of repetitive work – where the work area, materials, and tools are consistent and cycles are short enough that you can observe the activity […]
March 10, 1995

Ergonomics- Automotive Parts Manufacturing

Source Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1988 (Bulletin No. 2308). Task Prior to Abatement (Description) Various manual material handling tasks performed by workers. Task Prior to Abatement […]
March 10, 1995

Ergonomics- Install Backglass From Outside – Glass Install

Source Armstrong, Thomas J.; Fine, Lawrence J.; Joseph, Bradley; and Silverstein, Barbara. Analysis of Selected Jobs for Control of Cumulative Trauma Disorders in Automobile Plants. Ann […]
March 10, 1995

Ergonomics- Skin Stapler Assembly and Welding Operation

Source Longmate, Arthur R., and Hayes, Timothy J., March/April 1990, Making a Difference at Johnson & Johnson: Some Ergonomic Intervention Case Studies, Industrial Management, 32(2). Task […]
March 10, 1995

3M Pilots Ergonomic Program

  Task Prior to Abatement (Description) 3M Pilots Ergonomic Program. Workers manufacture various cardiovascular surgical devices. Task Prior to Abatement (Method Which Identified Hazard) The medical […]
March 10, 1995

Ergonomics- Feeding Sutures to Semi-Automatic Winding Machine (SAW)

Task Prior to Abatement (Description) The SAW operator sits at the machine and feeds sutures into the loading area. If there are machine or product problems, […]
March 10, 1995

Ergonomics- Moving Storage Drums

Task Prior to Abatement (Description) Ergonomic case study for workers moving storage drums. Workers manually unload newly arrived drums which weigh 50 to 75 pounds a […]
March 10, 1995

Ergonomics- Toyota’s Motor Manufacturing Assembly

Task Prior to Abatement (Description) Workers had to perform auto plants normal production assembly. The tasks involve various postures, reaching distances, pinching or gripping, and manual […]
March 10, 1995

Ergonomics- Design and Manufacturing Mainframe Computers

Task Prior to Abatement (Description) Workers had to design and manufacturing computer main frames which were 5 feet tall, 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep. […]
March 10, 1995

Ergonomics- Palletizing Boxes

Task Prior to Abatement (Description) Ergonomic case study for workers palletizing boxes. Pick-up carton: The worker picks up a carton from a 27 inch high conveyor […]