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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 […]
September 6, 2013

Lifting Assists

  Lift in constrained area; possible use for cradle Principles affected Posture Force Related pages Material handling Hoists and cranes Lift trucks Lifter-transporters Background Lift heavy objects […]
September 6, 2013

Mobile High Work Platforms

Working in high position can create multiple challenges Principles affected Posture Reach Height Related pages Workstations Work platforms Storage (at point-of-use) Background Maintenance personnel often need access […]
September 6, 2013

Access Platforms

Refinery platforms (arrows) Standard platform in power plant Principles affected Posture Reach Height Clearance Related pages Workstations Work platforms Maintenance Mobile high platforms Background Process industries […]
September 6, 2013

Maintenance Access Panels

Cumbersome to fit and fasten Principles affected Posture Force Motions Fatigue Clearance Related pages Machine operation Covers and doors Tools Quick releases Material handling Wheels Background […]
September 6, 2013


Low, constrained area, hard to turn Good height, clearance, and wheel size Principles affected Posture Force Reach Height Motions Clearance Background The two main issues that […]
September 6, 2013

Food Processing Equipment: Model for rapid changeover and easy maintenance

Background The food industry — meat processing in particular — has developed ingenious techniques to take apart and reassemble equipment quickly for frequent cleaning. These techniques […]
September 6, 2013

Chip Handling

Principles affected Posture Force Reach Related pages Material handling Dumpers Background Objectives Ideas and Options First issue                   […]
September 6, 2013

Changeovers and Setups

Principles affected All Related pages   Background Objectives Ideas and Options First issue Poor access tray and support in the way Cannot see well No particular […]
September 6, 2013

Covers and Doors

Holding cover open with one arm, adjusting with other Principles affected Force Reach Motions Related pages Maintenance Access panels Tools Quick releases Background Machines often have […]