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October 10, 2019

Leveraging Ergonomic Design Guidelines

Effective ergonomics processes emphasize both improvement and prevention – reducing ergonomics risks in existing operations while ensuring the ergonomics acceptability of new products and equipment.  Ergonomic […]
September 26, 2019

Why Standardize Your Workplace Ergonomics Assessment Tools?

Successful ergonomics improvement programs include at least these 4 steps: Identifying Potential Ergonomics Issues Ergonomics Assessment Tools Controlling Ergonomics Risks Cost Justifying Ergonomic Improvements If your […]
September 18, 2019

Accelerate Workplace Ergonomics by Systematically Linking to Lean and Six Sigma

Successful workplace ergonomics programs drive improvements that reduce ergonomics risk while making jobs easier, effective and less painful for workers. Since Lean and Six Sigma programs […]
September 11, 2019

5 Proven Ways to Identify Workplace Ergonomics Issues

Successful ergonomics initiatives are designed to drive workplace ergonomics improvements that reduce risk while making jobs easier and less painful for workers. A robust approach that […]
July 18, 2019

Ergonomics Analysis: Checklists vs. Assessments

What’s the difference between an ergonomics checklist and an ergonomics assessment tool, and when should one or the other be used? In general, they may seem […]
July 17, 2019

VIDEO: Quick Tips Managing Ergonomics for Non-Repetitive Jobs

Ergonomics can be challenging, particularly when trying to assess ergonomics in non-repetitive (non-cyclical) jobs. Here we offer a few tips you can start using today.  For […]
July 1, 2019

Is Ergonomics Analysis Helping or Hurting your Ergonomics Improvement Process?

Ergonomics is an improvement process that, when successful, achieves meaningful outcomes such as less muscle fatigue, increased productivity, and reduced number and severity of work-related MSDs […]
June 20, 2019

Infographic: Improving Ergonomics for Field Workers

What can you control? Improving ergonomics for field workers pays back by reducing risk exposure and improving job performance. This infographic captures the main things you […]
June 17, 2019

Why It’s So Hard to Assess Ergonomics in Non-Repetitive Jobs

Ergonomics assessment of repetitive work – where the work area, materials, and tools are consistent and cycles are short enough that you can observe the activity […]
September 8, 2013

Costs and Benefits in Two Manufacturing Plants

Click here for a downloadable pdf copy of this page. Plant 1: 500% ROI in one year This example involved a machine shop of 60 employees where […]
September 8, 2013

Cost-Benefits in a Small Manufacturing Plant

(Click here for a downloadable pdf copy of this study.) Introduction This case example is important for several reasons: It is comprehensive — plant-wide over a 10-year […]
September 8, 2013

Time savings from pallet lifts

Click here for a downloadable pdf copy of this page. Study 1 Output doubled plant-wide The bottom line in this example is that output doubled in this […]
September 8, 2013

Maintain a comfortable environment

Heat, dust, noise, and vibration Glare and shadows This topic is somewhat of a catch-all category in industrial ergonomics. Some topics are normally addressed through the […]
September 8, 2013

Move, Exercise, Stretch

Extremely constrained position (precision laser welder) The human body needs to move and be exercised and stretched. You should not conclude from phrases like “reduce force” […]
September 8, 2013

Provide Clearance and Access

  No room for knees No room for hand   It is important that you have both adequate workspace and easy access to everything you need, […]
September 8, 2013

Minimize Pressure Points

Hard edge Cushioned Direct pressure or “contact stress” refers to on-going contact between a part of the body and a hard edge or surface.  This issue […]
September 8, 2013

Minimize Fatigue and Static Load

Heavy, exhausting work: Metabolic Load Writer’s Cramp: Static Load Preventing fatigue has long been a major focus of ergonomics and methods engineering. Production issues There is […]
September 8, 2013

Reduce Excessive Motions

Finding effective ways to reduce motions has been a hallmark of classic methods engineering a century ago and industrial ergonomics in more recent decades. Production issues […]