Avoiding Common Errors

Good application of the information on this site generally requires adaptation to fit the circumstances of each workplace (see Cautions). The following list provides additional ways to help make su [...]

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Cautions

However, the effectiveness of the ideas depend on the circumstances in each workplace. It is not possible in a general setting like this to anticipate all variables in every workplace, and consequen [...]

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About this site

Author at work About the author The primary author is Dan MacLeod, internationally recognized for his practical experience in workplace ergonomics. His influence has affected ent [...]

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How to design equipment to prevent Back Injuries

Back injury risks Back injuries are the most common and consequential type of musculoskeletal injury in general industry. Prevention can involve a number of factor [...]

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Perspectives on Ergonomics

Before: Slower, harder After: Faster, easier Ergonomics is a wide-ranging field that seeks to design tools, equipment, and tasks to optimize human capabilities. The goals are t [...]

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10 Principles of Design

(Note: The contents below are available as printed booklets for training. See The Ergonomics Manual.) Work in neutral posturesThe field of ergonomics can be divided into two sub-fields: physical [...]

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Ergonomics — A foundation for production

User-friendly design Birth of ergonomics: World War II aircraft to make the cockpit "pilot friendly" The formal field of ergonomics was developed at the outbreak of World War [...]

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Self-Study

Group or Individual Study Step 1 Watch these three video modules: 5 minutes each (password required for these videos) Module 1 Module 2 Module3 Putti [...]

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How to improve the ease of maintenance

[initial development] maintenance human factors: alertness, error reductions in maintenance tasks maintainability: designing equipment to minimize the need to make repairs as well as the ease [...]

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How to optimize hand tool use

[in initial development] The objectives of this page and the links are to show: Note: The primary focus of this information for workplace personnel to improve ability to select and adapt tools [...]

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