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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 […]
January 27, 2010

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Federal Ban on Texting for Commercial Truck Drivers

U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced federal guidance to expressly prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses. The prohibition is effective immediately and is the latest in a series of actions taken by the Department to combat distracted driving since the Secretary convened a national summit on the issue last September.
January 26, 2010

Ergonomics Roundup: Sitting is Deadly? Is Ergonomics Ready for a Big Show? Human Modeling Systems; MSD Recordkeeping; Distracted Driving; Mind, Machine and Morality

A summary of ergonomics in the news, including: Sitting too much could be deadly; is the ergonomics industry ready for a dedicated exhibition and conference?; human modeling systems; OSHA MSD recordkeeping; distracted driving; and Mind, Machine and Morality.
January 25, 2010

Is It Dangerous — Even Deadly — To Sit Too Much?

Ergoweb's Peter Budnick takes a closer look at a recent British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) editorial that has spawned international headlines like "sitting too much may be deadly". Is sitting really that bad, or has this editorial been misinterpreted, over-interpreted or over-blown? This article takes a deeper look at the research editorial and how it applies to ergonomics.
January 20, 2010

Ergonomics Roundup: January 20, 2010

A summary of ergonomics in the news, including: sniffing out terrorists; inspection/screening errors; tracking flu; new FDA human factors medical device standard; heels and driving pedals; civil servant depression; design vs. behavioral approach to risk reduction; distracted driving; touch screen ergonomics; handguns; computing postures; ukulele design; Equipois funding; Kumar receives award.
January 18, 2010

Study: Emergency Medical Services Professionals Show High Prevalence of Back/Leg Pain Among Emergency Professionals

Those who assist patients may be suffering as much as those they serve. Research conducted by The Ohio State University characterizes the problem.
January 13, 2010

Ergonomics Roundup: January 13, 2010

A summary of ergonomics topics from various recent media sources, including children and backpacks; texting and hand injuries; driver distraction; controlling the spread of hospital germs; ergonomics and manufacturing quality; truck driver screening; netbook positioning; office ergonomics.
January 11, 2010

US Chamber of Commerce To Hold Meeting in Anticipation of OSHA Ergonomics Activity

The US Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a meeting for January 25, 2010 to discuss OSHA activities that they believe pertain to ergonomics. The group considers OSHA's call for musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) recordkeeping changes as "... the first shot in the coming ergo conflict."
January 11, 2010

Study: Behavioral Based Intervention Inneffective at Reducing Whole Body Vibration

A whole body vibration (WBV) safety program mostly comprised of administrative controls -- changes in work methods such as route selection, driving speed, and driving style -- was found to have little impact on median exposure to WBV in a European prospective cohort study.
January 4, 2010

Study: Lengthy Disability Seen in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cases

Although known to produce significant disability, this study puts some numbers on time loss duration and permanent partial disability for employees with carpal tunnel syndrome.