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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 31, 2010

Equipois Named

Equipois, designer and manufacturer of ergonomic
July 27, 2010

I Really Hate Being Lied To

Guest contributor Ian Chong says, "You know, I really hate being lied to - especially by ill informed sleazy salesmen who are trying to sell me some snake oil touting features and benefits that are either non-existent ... the term "ergonomically designed" is without a doubt an insidious term used by those with a massive advertising budget who would push products onto those unaware."
July 23, 2010

New Study: Time Spent Sitting Linked to Higher Risk of Death

A new study from American Cancer Society researchers finds it's not just how much physical activity you get, but how much time you spend sitting that can affect your risk of death. Researchers say time spent sitting was independently associated with total mortality, regardless of physical activity level.
July 21, 2010

Emerging Ergonomic Technologies: Laptops and Hand Stabilizing Support Device

A focuses on innovation through ergonomics. Will laptop (notebook) computers ever be ergonomically designed? So far, no, but here are some prototypes aiming to change that, including adjustable screens and keyboards, curved displays and split keyboards, and more. In another example, researchers are developing a device that steadies the hand for precision tasks and disability accommodation.
July 19, 2010

Amendments to Americans with Disabilities Act Could Support Ergonomic Recommendations

Ergonomics practitioners should understand the Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, known as Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), which where enacted by the US congress in 2009. The ADAAA clarifies key definitions and is intended to more accurately reflect the intent of the original law, and may provide legal authority for certain ergonomic interventions.
July 14, 2010

Medical Researchers Challenge Effectiveness of Ergonomic Interventions

Researchers in the Netherlands reviewed the ergonomics scientific base (1988 through 2008) looking for studies investigating the effectiveness of physical and organizational interventions. They identified only 10 studies that met their stringent criteria, and those studies did not offer strong support for the effectiveness of interventions. This article reviews the review and the ensuing debate.
July 14, 2010

Design from an Ergonomist

Guest contributor Ian Chong writes: "'Ergonomically Designed' is something of a misnomer these days. No, let me rephrase that, it is an oxymoron. It has now become solely a marketing term, brainwashing both public and professionals as end users. Too many times I
July 7, 2010

Usability, eBook Reading Speeds, and the Importance of Science

Usability is ergonomics. Ergonomics is usability. Science, and navigating the politics of science and evidence based design, is critical to ergonomists and the field of ergonomics. Peter Budnick reviews a challenge to be prepared for usability politics, and questions recent research by usability guru Jacob Nielson as an example.
July 1, 2010

The (Sorry?) State of Science

One of our goals with and The Ergonomics Report