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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
December 16, 2010

What’s the Hubbub About Ball Chairs? Are They Really Ergonomic?

Guest contributor Ian Chong wants to get to the bottom of the 'is a ball an ergonomic chair' question, and he wants your help: "Have the physiologists and exercise gurus really uncovered something applicable that has been staring us in the face ...? ...we put together a small task force made up of users, Certified and Associate Ergonomists, physical [and occupational] therapists, engineers ...
December 7, 2010

Prevention through Design; Ethical Violations; the BendDesk; Ergotron Acquisition

A roundup of ergonomics related news, including NIOSH's new Prevention through Design (PtD) initiative, the BendDesk, a concept design that turns the entire desk and backdrop into a giant, curved touch screen; the resignation of an Ohio Workers Compensation Bureau director over ethics related to an ergonomics service company he owned; thoughts on Nortek's purchase of Ergotron.
December 7, 2010

Nortek to Acquire Ergotron

Nortek, Inc., a diversified global manufacturer of branded residential and commercial ventilation, HVAC and home technology convenience and security products, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ergotron, Inc., a privately held leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of ergonomic mounting and mobility products for computer monitors, notebooks and flat panel displays.
December 6, 2010

The Effect of Cold Temperatures on Hand/Finger Dexterity

Intuitively, we all know that cold temperatures affect hand and finger dexterity, but by how much? This research exposed 26 participants to cold temperatures to see how gross and fine dexterity are affected, finding as much as a 55% performance reduction after forearm and hand exposure to 11 degree C (52 degree F) temperatures.