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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 […]
April 27, 2010

Ergonomics Roundup: Cognitive Ergonomics; Healthcare Ergonomics; Human Systems Integration

A concise roundup of ergonomics topics in the news, including cognitive ergonomics and multi-tasking, electronic medical records systems, a Safe Practices for Better Healthcare report, the 10 commandments of ultrasound ergonomics, patient handling, ergonomics and the Upper Big Branch mining disaster, a new long-term study investigating health effects of mobile phone emissions.
April 27, 2010

Research: A New Graphic Method to Analyze Hand Power Grip Strentgh and Endurance

Research into hand power grip strength and endurance has led to the creation of a new graphic method which illustrates fatigue and produces a strength-endurance numeric value.
April 20, 2010

3 Step Process to Reduce Caregiver Error in the Selection of Safe Patient Handling Equipment

One of the most common problems in safe patient handling programs is the inconsistent or incorrect selection of safe patient handling equipment by caregivers. Jill Kelby, PT, CEA discusses the key reasons for "error" in the selection of safe patient handling equipment and recommends a 3 step process to minimize the risk of harm and injury to the patient and/or caregiver.
April 20, 2010

Don’t Miss Out On This One of a Kind Safe Patient Handling Excellence Seminar!

Ergo-PATH System presents an exclusive 3-day seminar "Safe Patient Handling System: How to Design, Implement and Sustain SPH for Long Term Success". This interactive training, which introduces strategy-processes-tactics, will take place in Las Vegas, NV on May 20-22, 2010.
April 13, 2010

Ergonomics Roundup: Teens and MSDs; Brewery Ergonomics; IEHF Conference and Web; Musical Instruments; iPad vs. Kindle

A summary of ergonomics in the news, including teens and MSD awareness, brewery ergonomics, Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors, musical instrument ergonomics, and iPad ergonomics, usability, and how it's being compared with the Kindle as an ebook reader.
April 12, 2010

Increased Work Demands Result in Greater Exposure to Ergonomic Risks, But also Increase Productivity

A study of asymptomatic office workers found that employees who subjectively react greater (physiologically, behaviorally, and cognitively) to normal work demands are exposed to, or experience more risk factors than the control group when performing high stress tasks. These workers also exhibited increased work performance.
April 7, 2010

Spanish MSD Study Highlights Challenges in Ergonomics Research

A post-hoc analysis of the 5th Spanish National Survey highlights challenges researchers face when attempting to demonstrate cause-and-effect relationships between work-related risk factors, tasks and injuries. The study found statistically significant relationships between duration of exposure to certain tasks and MSDs, but did it further our understanding, and therefore our ability to intervene?
April 7, 2010

Ergonomics Roundup: Science, Driving Pregnant, Driver Distration, Global Anthropometry

A summary of ergonomics in the news, including observational vs. randomized studies and the scientific foundation for ergonomics, driving while pregnant, new Car Talk (Click and CLack, the Tappet Brothers") and National Safety Council web sites dedicated to driver distraction, a new ISO global anthropometry report.