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August 10, 2015

Two-person lift team

Viewing 10 posts – 1 through 10 (of 10 total) January 26, 2007 [private user] What methods are available to evaluate occasionally performed tasks in which […]
March 3, 2015

New Government Requirements Target Employees with Disabilities

Does your company have more than $10,000 in contracts or subcontracts with the USA Federal government, or an agency thereof? Most medium or large companies do, which makes them subject to new affirmative action regulations targeting employees with disabilities.
November 11, 2014

Moving Beyond OSHA Recordkeeping

As we come to the end of 2014, many of us will be finalizing the OSHA 300 and 300A recordkeeping forms to share with employees in […]
November 4, 2014

Sad Farewell to Tom Waters, a Leader Behind the NIOSH Lifting Equation

I was very sad to hear that Tom Waters (Thomas Russell Waters) died last week following injuries sustained in a bicycling accident. Tom was a leading force behind the NIOSH Lifting Equation, and the ergonomics community has lost a great friend and tireless contributor.
October 28, 2014

University Programs for Ergonomics and Human Factors

The following list of University based academic programs was compiled in 2014 by Ergoweb intern Shweta Agarwal. She compiled this information based on voluntary contributions from the Universities, so if a University did not contribute their listing information, Shweta was unable to include them in the list below.
October 1, 2014

Ergoweb Welcomes New Chief Technology Officer

David J. Scalzo joins Ergoweb as CTO. Dave will oversee Ergoweb's technical systems, including our proprietary software systems, web properties and digital media, and internal business processes. He'll also support key Ergoweb partners, including ErgoAdvocate and Ergobuyer.
September 7, 2011

Back to Work: Learning, Memory and Cognitive Function

Contributor Gene Kay, MS CEA brings together a collection of tips and research findings to help students and knowledge workers perform at their best. See what simple steps you can take to improve learning, memory, cognitive function and work performance.
August 10, 2011

Is There An Industry Standard For Desk Height?

Have you ever been asked "what's the right height for my desk?" To the computer user, this is a simple question demanding a simple answer. To the ergonomist, it's a loaded question, one that requires a patient explanation of the factors that must be considered when setting up a workstation -- including desk height. To the furniture, facilities management and purchasing industries, it's "29 inches," which ergonomists know can't possibly be right for all people ...
August 2, 2011

Evidence: Investing in Adjustable Workstations Produces Healthy ROI

This article, reprinted from The Ergonomics Report, summarizes an internal corporate study of 6200 financial services call center staff found that over a three-year period employees in non-adjustable workstations had 5-times more injuries and 20 times more Worker Compensation injury costs, as compared to employees in user-adjustable workstations. Furthermore, the non-adjustable workstations had higher costs associated with routine moves and making ergonomic adjustments.
July 5, 2011

Exposure Differences Between Children and Adults When Using Small and Standard Size Mice and Keyboards

Researchers Blackstone, Karr, Campo and Johnson investigated the physical exposure differences between children and adults when using standard sized input devices and smaller input devices. The results suggest something that ergonomists are well aware of -- something we hope designers and manufacturers will one day embrace -- One size does not fit all. The study investigates the effect of computer input device size on performance, posture and force.
June 28, 2011

Are the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation and 3DSSPP Models Valid Risk Predictors for Work-Related Low Back Pain?

Researchers Boda, Bhoyar and Garg conducted a study with the intention to validate the ability of the NIOSH Revised Lifting Equation and the University of Michigan 3D Static Strength Prediction Model (3DSSPP) to predict the future occurrence of work-related low back pain (WLBP). In this research review reprinted from The Ergonomics Report, reviewer Peter Budnick describes the results as mixed, bringing into question both the methods used to validate complex human-system models, and the ability of ergonomists to evaluate lifting/lowering tasks and predict associated risk of WLBP with certainty.
June 23, 2011

Ergonomists Should Be Leaders in Lean Enterprises

"Lean" management philosophy is an evolving systematic approach to building and maintaining a viable organization with sustainable processes. Many organizations are pursuing Lean to remain competitive, but unfortunately, many misunderstand the necessary ingredients for a true Lean Journey, including the most important principle, Respect for People. In this reprint from The Ergonomics Report, Peter Budnick explains why ergonomists are uniquely qualified to lead and participate in successful Lean Journeys, noting that ergonomics IS Respect for People, and our contributions are critical to optimizing organizational performance.
June 1, 2011

Towards a Credible Ergonomics Certification for Products and Processes: PART 2

There's been a lot of talk lately about ergonomic product certification, and Peter Budnick takes readers on a tour of the topic, drawing from work he's done on the question over the last 10-15 years. In this article, Part 2 of his series, he expands the model of what it means to be ergonomic, and how products and processes might be assessed in a certification process. He draws on definitions put forth by the International Ergonomics Association, and reviews their EQUID Design Process Requirements, identifying it as a solid starting point for a robust, inclusive and credible certification system.