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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 […]
September 26, 2006

The Vascular and Neurological Symptom Picture of Workers Exposed to Hand-Arm Vibration

New study quantifies the risk of vascular and neurological symptoms for male workers exposed to hand-arm vibration through welding, plating and grinding metals.
September 26, 2006

Imbalance Between Physical Capability and Task Physical Demands a New Risk Factor?

A study of 1200 workers published in Sweden provides new insight into certain musculoskeletal symptoms and endurance and flexion issues.
September 23, 2006

Ford Fattens Computer Models

America's waistline has grown in recent decades, and Ford Motor Company has established a first by taking this into account in its design processes.
September 20, 2006

A Place for Ergonomics in the War on Terror – Third in Series

Ergonomists are well armed to join Washington's "war on terror." One expert outlines ways they can join the fight in the third part in a series on ergonomics and counterterrorism.
September 15, 2006

NIOSH: Order-Pickers Could Be at Risk If Production Volume Increases

NIOSH ergonomists recently evaluated order pickers at a building supplies warehouse and their environment to assess the risk of back and repetitive motion injuries. The news was good - for the present.
September 12, 2006

Anticipation, Vigilance Are Keys to Thwarting Terror Attacks – Second in Series

Near the fifth anniversary of 9/11, a counterterrorism and human factors expert talks about measures that could foil attacks. Second in series on terrorism from a human factors perspective.
September 11, 2006

Flex Time Still Winning Plaudits, but Study Points to Misgivings

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September 7, 2006

Human Error

Some systems pose a higher risk of human error than others. Several experts offer views on the issue and on reforms that could reduce errors and their worst effects.
September 6, 2006

Pioneer in Ergonomic Seating, William Stumpf, Died August 30

An ergonomics pioneer who wasn't an ergonomist, industrial designer William Stumpf died at 70 on August 30.