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January 2, 2019

The Hierarchy of Ergonomics Controls

Safety experts are familiar with the Hierarchy of Controls, or the Hierarchy of Ergonomics Controls, in this case. That is, once a hazard is identified, we […]
January 2, 2019

Workplace Ergonomics Assessment and Analysis

We just added several new Workplace ergonomics assessment and analysis tools to our Ergoweb Enterprise™ software platform: Ohio BWC/OSU Push/Pull Guidelines ACGIH Upper Extremity Localized Fatigue […]
June 23, 2017

Continuous Improvement Ergonomics: Sustainable by Design

Continuous improvement, or continual improvement, is the ongoing improvement of products, services or processes through incremental and breakthrough improvements.1  What do Lean, Six-Sigma, Total Quality Management, Performance […]
May 23, 2017

Workplace Ergonomics Adds Significant Value

Team Ergoweb 23rd June, 2017 Applying workplace ergonomics through a continuous improvement process is essential for enterprise sustainability. A good ergonomics process plays a key role in […]
September 6, 2013


Background Mechanism Ratchet wrench Ratchets are commonly incorporated into tools to increase efficiency and ease of use. The mechanism reduces motions by eliminating the need to […]
September 6, 2013

Power Assists, Mechanical Assists

Background Power steering The terms “power assist” and “mechanical assist” are used loosely in general industry, but generally refers to any device that actively aids the […]
September 6, 2013


Background Without hinge: Difficult With hinge: Easy Hinges are often overlooked as a simple way to improve efficiency and physical demands on people. They should be […]
September 6, 2013

Quick Releases and Disconnects

Screw clamp: Slow, forceful Quick release: Fast, easy Principles affected Force Motions Related pages Access panels Fixtures Background Quick releases and disconnects have multiple advantages over […]
September 6, 2013


Background Speed Strength The gear is an ancient mechanism that continues to have new uses.  Gears can be used either to increase speed (thereby reducing motions) or […]
September 6, 2013


  Lever added to wire stripper (see lever devices below) Principles affected Force Background Levers are as old as the earliest humans.  Yet, they still can play a […]
September 6, 2013

Forearm Brace

Forearm brace provides heavy force with no wrist strain Principles affected Force Background Certain types of tools and tasks can place considerable strain on the wrist. […]
September 6, 2013

Hand Straps and Clips

Innovative strap on Whizard® knife (see comments below) Principles affected Fatigue Background Constantly holding a hand tool can fatigue muscles (“static grip”), cause pain, and interfere […]
September 6, 2013

Long Handles and Extenders

Short handle:  long reach Long handle: no reach Principles affected Posture Height Related pages Tools Second handles Background The value of a long-handled tool has been […]