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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 26, 2006

Are Fitness Balls a Better Fit for Children?

Fifth-grade pupils at one Kansas elementary school take their classes on fitness balls. The unusual seating reflects teacher Jonann Ellner's belief that the oversized balloons are a better fit than desks and chairs for children.
April 26, 2006

Gardening Aches and Pains

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) lurk at every turn in the garden path
April 24, 2006

Ergonomics, Risk Management & Injury Prevention

Direct from Honolulu, Woody Dwyer, CPE, St. Paul Travelers, shares his perspective on the value of ergonomics in loss control and risk management strategies.
April 20, 2006

Is There a Better Way for Pilots and Control Towers to Communicate?

The all-important system of communication between air-traffic controllers and pilots is over 50 years old, and is increasingly less able to do its job in today's crowded skies.
April 18, 2006

Study: Forearm Supports Reduce Upper Body Pain Linked to Computer Use

The one year, randomized study evaluated the effects of two workstation interventions on the musculoskeletal health of call center employees -- a padded forearm support and a trackball.
April 17, 2006

On the Ball, But Not Ergonomic

The issue surfaces periodically, particularly when the balls are advocated for mitigating or averting the musculoskeletal disorders that bedevil workers in many occupations.
April 14, 2006

No More Pencils, No More Books in Schools?

The notebooks, pencils and pens are dinosaurs, an Australian e-learning professor declared in April, and he predicted they will soon be extinct in schools
April 12, 2006

Ergoweb Remembers Dr. David Meister

David Meister conquered all the pinnacles in his profession, Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE), sailed past the normal retirement age and continued contributing to the understanding and applications of his field until his very last days.
April 11, 2006

Dr. David Meister Remembered

One former associate, Steven Casey, Ph.D.,CPE, remembers Dr. Meister as