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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 […]
May 25, 2010

Singleton Obituary, New Student Award, Macroergonomics, Beergonomics, Bargonomics

This week's Ergonomics Roundup, including the passing of an ergonomics pioneer, Professor William Thomas Singleton; a new student practitioner award, named in honor of another pioneer; Dieter Jahns, an ergonomist who rediscovers ergonomics through macroergonomics; beergonomics and bargonomics.
May 24, 2010

Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis on Computer Operators

Computer operators suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis exert more and produce less according to a recent University of Pittsburgh study
May 20, 2010

Ergonomics and Plane Crash Survival; Older Drivers; Panini Keypad; Neural Ergonomics

Concise summaries of ergonomics in the news, including the role of ergonomics in the survival of a 10 yr old boy in the recent Libya airplane crash, a study of the accident and injury characteristics among older drivers, the Panini Keypad for faster texting, and a screed about "neural ergonomics."
May 19, 2010

Is That Ball Ergonomic?

This article explores the challenging question of "what makes something ergonomic," using exercise balls, which are often labeled 'ergonomic' by their promoters, as an example. This series of examples demonstrate that the context of use for an exercise ball, or any other product in question, is critical to the credibility of an ergonomic label.
May 19, 2010

Safe Patient Handling

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 and evidenced-based tools, will take place in Chicago, IL on June 24-26, 2010.
May 12, 2010

Ergonomics Roundup: Ergonomically Designed? New Canadian Std, Car Talk, SPH Legislation, iPad Usability, Radiology

A concise roundup of ergonomics topics in the news, including the meaning of "ergonomically designed", draft Canadian workplace ergonomics standard CSA1004, fleet vehicles, get used to talking to your car, patient handling update, ergonomics for radiologists, Jacob Nielsen pans iPad usability.
May 10, 2010

Study: Higher Body Weight Associated with Healthier Lumbar Discs

Contrary to popular opinion, an award winning Finnish investigation challenges the concept that increased compressive force due to higher body weight predisposes an individual to lumbar degenerative disc disease. In a study of monozygotic twins, the twin with a higher body weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) was statically more likely to have healthier lumbar discs.