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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, 2007

A Tool to Quantify Mental Workload

Researchers developed a quantifiable evaluation of workplace mental workload, called "mental workload index", or MWLI. The authors suggest that MWLI measures overall workplace mental workload, as opposed to subjective impression of mental workload felt by an individual worker, and that MWLI can assist management in evaluating work volume/nature in order to properly allocate resources.
September 24, 2007

Democratic Presidential Candidates Favor New Look at Workplace Ergonomics

A poll of Democratic presidential contenders points to a possible win in 2008 for ergonomics regulation
September 20, 2007

Study Compares Lifting Analysis Methods: NIOSH Equation vs. ‘Snook’ Tables vs. Michigan 3DSSPP vs. Washington Calculator vs. ACGIH TLVs

Each method was applied to a repetitive, multi-height lifting task, producing mixed consistency in predicting the level of task musculoskeletal exposure risk. The variation in results reflects the strengths, limitations and underlying assumptions of each tool.
September 17, 2007

California Governor Bans Teens from Cell Phone Use While Driving

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law in September intended to stop a practice that increases the dangers on the road.
September 9, 2007

Work Cited as the Best Prescription for Back Pain Sufferers

A recent report from the United Kingdom sees work as an aid to recovery from back pain.
September 2, 2007

Researchers Give

Study shows supplementary eye breaks don't hurt productivity and help data entry operators.