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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 […]
March 31, 2008

Ford Puts Digital Jack and Jill to Work for Virtually Stree-Free Assembly Line

Vehicle manufacturer Ford has enlisted the aid of digital employees Jack and Jill to improve ergonomics and efficiency in production.
March 26, 2008

Real World Findings For Call-Center Ergonomic Programs

What works and what doesn't? Researcher David Caple investigates features a call-center ergonomics program should have to be effective.
March 24, 2008

Striking Nurses in California List Safe Lifting Policies Among their Demands

A nurses' strike in California highlights the peril of musculoskeletal disorders from repeated lifting and repositioning patients.
March 20, 2008

ANSI Board Rejects Appeal To Block Construction Ergonomics Standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Standards Review (BSR) today rejected the appeal brought by the Construction Industry Employer Coalition, a coalition of five trade associations of U.S. construction interests, to withdraw the adoption of the approved voluntary consensus standard "reduction of Musculoskeletal Problems in Construction" (ANSI/ASSE A10.40-2007).
March 18, 2008

OSHA Announces New Ergonomics Guidelines for Shipyards

OSHA announces the release of Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Shipyards, an new industry-specific guidance document.
March 17, 2008

Study: Some Shiftwork Patterns Worse than Others for Robbing Workers of Sleep

A recent study takes a look at factors that contribute to poor shiftwork patterns, the kind most likely to leave workers with chronic sleep deprivation.
March 15, 2008

Could a New Device from Canada Begin the End of Hospital

Millions of patients are infected with 'superbugs' each year, and tens of thousands of them die. Hospital personnel are expected to wash their hands between patients. Many don
March 12, 2008

Study: What Do Researchers Really Think About Work Risk Factors and MSDs?

Do researchers use political "Straight Talk"? Scientists tend to vary their choice of words when discussing the work relatedness of musculoskeletal disorders. Does this have implications?
March 10, 2008

CeBIT and Survey: Software Usability Under Scrutiny

Software companies try to drive interest in their offerings through steady upgrades to features and functionality, but a new study suggests they would be better to put usability first.