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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 […]
September 27, 2011

Work Physiology: A Simple Method to Estimate the Physical Demands of Work

An recent journal article published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise presents a simple method to determine the metabolic demands of sustained physical exertions in field or work environments. This new approach may have application in assessing work tasks that require cardiovascular endurance, and may become important with an aging and increasingly overweight and frail workforce.
September 21, 2011

Ergonomics and LEED — Researcher Needs Your Input

Does your organization address ergonomic concerns through your health and safety or human resources program? Does your organization have a policy pertaining to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)? This study may be for you, we are examining how ergonomics is connected to the LEED certification process.
September 21, 2011

Office Inactivity & Metabolic Syndrome; a Growing Health Risk

Contributor Gene Kay, MS has written about an emerging phenomena called metabolic syndrome, or in the popular literature, sitting disease. The article summarizes some relevant articles and provides some suggestions for what we can do as ergonomics practitioners.
September 13, 2011

Mayo Clinic Applies Design Thinking to Health Care Delivery

Contributor Gene Kay, MS CEA writes about Mayo Clinic's use of "Design Thinking" in health care delivery. Mayo teamed up with designers, engineers, architects, physicians, and other providers to study and improve the patient experience and the delivery of services in health care. Mayo has now formed The Center for Innovation to expand and promote innovation across their network.
September 7, 2011

Back to Work: Learning, Memory and Cognitive Function

Contributor Gene Kay, MS CEA brings together a collection of tips and research findings to help students and knowledge workers perform at their best. See what simple steps you can take to improve learning, memory, cognitive function and work performance.
September 3, 2011

In Memory of Professor Gary D. Herrin, PhD, 1946-2011

Professor Don Chaffin remembers Professor Gary Dean Herrin, who died peacefully at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan on August 18, 2011 surrounded by his family. Gary was a popular professor and a true engineering statistician. Among his many significant accomplishments, was instrumental in the development of the NIOSH Lifting Equation.