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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 […]
February 27, 2008

Muscle Fatigue: Calcium Leaks, Not Lactic Acid, Thought to Cause Decreased Performance and Injury

The role of lactic acid in muscle fatigue is now questioned. Could it be 'calcium leaks' in the muscle, and could those 'leaks' cause muscle damage, and eventually MSDs? Researchers think so, and have even tested a drug (on mice) that may alleviate fatigue.
February 25, 2008

Study: India’s IT Professionals Paying Painful Price for Outsourcing Trend

Outsourcing IT work to India and other emerging economies is a favorite cost-cutting measure in much of the industrialized world. A new study suggests it's a painful trend.
February 20, 2008

New ANSI/HFES Standard for Computer Workstations a Milestone

ANSI/HFES 100-2007 Human Factors Engineering of Computer Workstations was a monumental committee achievement. The Ergonomics Report
February 18, 2008

Restaurants: Dining on Decibels

Some restaurateurs see bustle and noise as essential to the success of their establishment, but a noise abatement program would be a more ergonomic direction.
February 13, 2008

Research Review: Value of Back Injury Prevention Training Questioned

While a staple of most health and safety programs, the value of back injury prevention training is strongly challenged by a review of eleven recent studies.
February 11, 2008

The Growing Importance of Mobile Manners

An expert offers 10 tips for more thoughtful use of a device that has emerged as another irritation as well as a boon - the mobile phone.
February 6, 2008

Was Boeing Dreamliner 787 Production Schedule a Dream?

Despite an acclaimed ergonomics program, Boeing
February 4, 2008

Japanese Company Gives Aching Hearts a Break

In an era of hardhearted employers, a Japanese company is showing a soft side. It could be a hard-headed business decision.