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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 […]
June 30, 2006

New Guitar a Reminder that Making Music Can Be Risky Business

For musicians, practicing and performing invite some of the painful medical conditions that lurk at worksites like factories. One answer may lie in modified instruments, like the new "Tomcat" guitar.
June 29, 2006

ASSE Foundation And Liberty Mutual To Fund MSD Studies

Musculoskeletal disorders and the exposure to physical factors at work have been key concerns for businesses worldwide. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation Research Committee and the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety will fund studies on MSD prevention.
June 28, 2006

European Union Looks Harder at Eurospeak after Treaty setback

Eurospeak is the lingua franca of the European Union, but it may not travel well. It is implicated in the recent setback to the European Constitution, and one observer sees it as a sinister modern version of Orwellian newspeak.
June 26, 2006

Driver Safety Research Shifting from Injury Prevention to Crash Prevention

The challenge is creating collision avoidance systems that minimize added distractions and trigger the safest response from the driver.
June 23, 2006

Hospital Medication Errors Point to Need for Ergonomics

In June researchers released findings on the accuracy of a hospital-wide system for reporting medication mistakes. They describe a scourge without pointing fingers, yet a cure may not be found without ergonomics.
June 20, 2006

Expert: More to Warnings Than Meets the Eye

Lives depend on the efficacy of warnings. They must be noticed and comprehended, while providing the kind of information that makes the benefits of compliance very clear. Warnings are a natural focus for ergonomists.
June 19, 2006

Canadian Study Questions the Value of Weekend Work

A new study from Canada casts doubt on the ergonomic value of weekend work, and suggests that abandoning the 9-5 workweek may not make sound business sense.
June 15, 2006

Two Landmark Ergonomics Conferences Planned for 2006

The agendas at two upcoming ergonomics conferences exemplify the diversity of the profession. The planned speeches and symposia reflect the wide range - and both conferences mark important anniversaries.
June 15, 2006

Future Ergonomic Solutions to Call For Smart Card Expertise

There's more than a touch of infatuation in the way organizations view smart cards, so ergonomists can expect more demand for solutions that build on the technology