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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 […]
July 29, 2009

Risk Factors Shown to Have Multiplicative Affect on Incidence of Musculoskeletal Symptoms

When is (1+1) > 2? A recent Canadian study reveals an interactive affect of two risk factors among computer workers.
July 27, 2009

New Study: Hands Free Mobile Phone No Safer When Driving

When it comes to unsafe driving, a new study sees little difference between using a hands-free cell phone and using a hands-on type.
July 20, 2009

Healthcare Workers, Others, Team Up Behind Safe Patient Handling Bill

For the third time, a bill that calls for safe patient handling throughout the national healthcare system is in the early stages of the legislative process. A coalition has formed to keep it on track.
July 15, 2009

Although Declining, Cost of Union Carpenters’ Work-Related Back Problems Still Staggering

A state of Washington study reveals both a positive and negative finding relative to the cost of occupational back injury/disorders among union carpenters.
July 13, 2009

Seeking Input to Improve ANSI/HFES 100, Human Factors Engineering of Computer Workstations

You're invited to share your ideas for improving the ANSI/HFES 100 standard, Human Factors Engineering of Computer Workstations.
July 8, 2009

News Headlines Track Emerging Fields in Ergonomics

The news headlines can be read as a map of the journey of the profession through a host of emerging fields, and as a guide to ways the ergonomist message can find high places in the future.
July 6, 2009

Study: Virility Better Protected by No-Nose Bicycle Saddle

A recent study of nose-less bicycle seats should be good news for bicyclists who value their virility.
July 1, 2009

Chair Design Reduces Spinal Loading, Level of Back Muscle Activity

A Northwestern University study indicates that an "off-Loading sitting posture" may reduce sitting related low back pain.