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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 25, 2010

Ergonomics Roundup: Ergonomics and Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science

A summary of ergonomics in the news, including bionic hands, medication errors, assistive devices for autism, an "intelligent walker", back pain, "smart alarm clock", technology for computer screen privacy that may help with HIPPA compliance, and more.
February 22, 2010

Study: Temporary Employees Face Higher Risks, Produce Higher Claim Rates

A state of Washington investigation involving nearly 400,000 workers' compensation claims shows that temporary employees commonly take high risk jobs and are injured at a higher rate than regular workers in those jobs.
February 17, 2010

Ergonomics Roundup: Food Service Design; Eye Strain; Enabling Search Engine; Disability Accommodations; People; Humor

A summary of ergonomics in the news, including hospitality food service design, ergonomists in the news, eye strain from e-readers, a search engine for older adults, Think Beyond the Label disability accommodations, and a humorous video.
February 16, 2010

Study Shows Disproportionately High Injury Risk for Housekeepers in US Hotel Industry

Analysis of multi-year data recorded on the OSHA 300 logs from 50 large hotels reveals a picture of injury risk related to job, gender, and race/ethnicity.
February 10, 2010

OSHA Standard Debate Heats Up Again — Call to Action — Comments Due Soon

A new political battle is brewing as OSHA seeks comments on it's proposed musculoskeletal disorder recordkeeping rules. This debate will have a significant impact on the practice and profession of ergonomics. This article provides insight into the coming debate, and serves as a call to action for all who are interested in the future of ergonomics.
February 9, 2010

Study Shows Significant Cost Reductions in Medical, Indemnity, and Wokers Compensation Costs

A Minnesota employer-clinical program that promotes communication and workplace accommodation is yielding significant claims savings. This two year, pre-post, treatment-control, observational study involving 73,885 subjects underscores the key "profit center" role an ergonomist can play in the industrial setting.
February 2, 2010

Ergonomics Roundup: Poultry Industry Successes; Chair Controversy; iPad and Gesturing; New OSHA and NIOSH Resources; Michigan Ergo Standard; Surgeon MSDs

A summary of ergonomics in the news, including, including: Poultry Industry Successes; Chair Controversy; iPad and Gesturing; New OSHA and NIOSH Resources; Michigan Ergo Standard; Laparoscopic Surgeon MSD Concerns
February 1, 2010

Study Identifies Association Between Certain Work Activities and Osteoarthritis

A large cross sectional study identifies certain common work activities as contributing to osteoarthritis (OA) at several body regions. Among the findings, significantly increases in knee OA risk where seen for jolting and stair climbing for men, and standing on a rigid surface for more than two hours a day for woman.