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February 2, 2022

Fatigue Failure Ergonomics Assessment Tools Advance MSD Prevention Strategies

Article Highlights: Fatigue Failure theory is a new ergonomics theory about how workers develop MSDs Three recently developed ergonomics assessment tools — LiFFT, DUET and The […]
July 16, 2021

New Liberty Mutual MMH Equations (2021) Added to Ergoweb Enterprise

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company has conducted numerous studies over several decades that help identify and reduce risk of injury related to manual material tasks like lifting, […]
May 13, 2020

Preparing Employees for a Return-to-Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employees to stay home, and others to work reduced schedules. This extended time away from work may result in some […]
May 12, 2020

How to Set-Up and Launch an Ergonomics Process at Your Site

A step-by-step guide to planning an effective ergonomics process at a company site or facility. This is a brief summary article — for more detail and […]
February 6, 2020

How to Design Ergonomics into the Workplace

“Designing in” workplace ergonomics is viewed as an integral part of an effective ergonomics process.  Non-office workplace environments are constantly changing – and new ergonomics challenges […]
January 28, 2020

Exoskeletons and Ergonomics — What You Need to Know

Wearable exoskeletons and ergonomics are getting a lot of attention lately. Exoskeletal devices have already shown great promise and success as rehabilitation and disability solutions, and […]
December 16, 2019

Ergonomics Standards and Guidelines

Here’s a list of ergonomics standards, guidelines, regulations and compliance resources. It was last updated on January 29, 2020. The list is comprehensive, but we’ve surely […]
November 18, 2019

Managing an Ergonomics Improvement Process

Managing ergonomics at a site requires a lot of planning, coordination, and communication.  An effective ergonomics improvement initiative relies on contributions of people throughout the organization […]
November 4, 2019

How to Develop a Site Ergonomics Plan

A well constructed site ergonomics plan is critical for ensuring that everyone involved in the ergonomics process understands what needs to occur, and who is responsible […]
April 29, 2005

“Under-Management Epidemic” Identified as Threat to Productivity and Worker Morale

Line managers in the United States and Britain were given a failing grade at a conference in London in April, where an "under-management epidemic" was identified as a threat to productivity and staff morale...
April 27, 2005

Ear Bionics May Help Paraplegics and Quadriplegics Move

If new research from Australia fulfills its early promise, the technology that allows the deaf to hear will soon be able to help people with spinal injuries ...
April 27, 2005

The Burden of the Internet Age, or, “Oh. My aching head.”

"Information overload" and "infomania" could be affecting health and productivity. Research suggests a reduction in mental capability equivalent to the loss of 10 IQ points, perhaps more impairing than smoking marijuana. Is this true? If so, ...
April 25, 2005

Healthy High Heels

Who would argue that stilettos are impractical and painful? Even high heels of the more sober kind
April 22, 2005

New Research Discovers Peril for Workers in Popular Split-Shift Pattern

Research on circadian rhythms and sleep deprivation fingers overnight shifts as a health-and-safety gamble, and a new study suggests that consequences can be even worse when shifts are split ...
April 20, 2005

Ergonomics Finds a Growing Role in Reducing the Cost of Obesity for Employers

Costs rise for employers as American workers grow in circumference. A report released by the California Department of Health Services concludes that obesity costs the state $21 billion annually ...
April 20, 2005

Big Impact Produced By Office Ergonomics Participatory Training

Participatory office ergonomics training produced measurable improvements with no significant change in equipment or job tasks. The training did not, however, reduce upper extremity pain intensity or duration.
April 18, 2005

Ergonomics Brings Solutions to “Back Pain Epidemic” in CA Agriculture

Home gardeners know the pains that arise as they tackle gardening chores on weekends and evenings, but imagine if your job kept you in the field all day, day in and day out ...
April 15, 2005

A Cell Phone Designed Just for Kids

Firefly Mobile has released a new phone designed specifically for kids between the ages of 8 and 12. Using the ergonomic principles of designing specifically for a target population ...