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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 8, 2013

The Potter’s Wheel

4000 year-old technology solves injury problem, increases output 20%, and eliminates rejects Before — Traditional workbench, no fixture The work had previously been done on a […]
September 8, 2013

Counting Motions

A motion is a movement or exertion made by a major joint or body link. From the perspective of preventing musculoskeletal disorders, the concern is for […]
September 8, 2013

Static Load

Static load refers to sustained muscle contraction, such as the fatigue and pain of writer’s cramp from holding a pencil for a long period of time. […]
September 8, 2013

Force Guidelines

Common standards* (Most items apply to sustained work) Maximum two-handed lift (with vertical travel distance) 20 lbs Maximum two-handed carry (no vertical travel distance) 30 lbs […]
September 8, 2013

Lifting Guideline

The Lifting Guideline* incorporates a number of key variables in assessing the risk of injury associated with lifting. It provides a more useful approach than single-weight […]
September 8, 2013

Biomechanics

Biomechanical models are mathematical predictive equations that can be used in this manner to estimate loads on the human body. These models can be complex, including the […]
September 8, 2013

50 low-cost ergo improvements

(in development) Who says that good ergonomics has to cost a lot? Here are 50 useful techniques that you can apply at little or no expense […]
September 8, 2013

Anthropometry

Common dimensions Concept of 5th and 95th percentile It is conventional to refer to the 5th percentile (short) female and the 95th percentile (tall) male to […]
September 8, 2013

Posture Evaluation

Posture is characterized by measuring the angular relationship between various body links and a fixed frame of reference, usually another intuitive major body segment. The unit of […]