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Ergonomics Standards and Guidelines

Peter Budnick, PhD, CPE
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 missed resources that could be included. The links are to external sites, and Ergoweb cannot guarantee the accuracy or reliability of content, or its suitability for use. If you have suggestions for additional resources to add to this list, please email us at


Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, Part 4.2 Hazardous manual tasks


Norma Regulamentadora Nº 17 – Ergonomia (Regulatory Standard No. 17 – Ergonomics)

Canada: Canadian Standards Institute (CSA)

Z1004-12 (R2017): Workplace ergonomics – A management and implementation Standard

Z412-17: Office ergonomics — An application standard for workplace ergonomics

Canada: Government of Canada CCOHS

Canada CCOHS: Hazards, Ergonomic: Lifting, pushing, pulling

Canada CCOHS: Lighting

Canada CCOHS: Hazards, Ergonomic: Office

Canada CCOHS: Hazards, Ergonomic: Sitting, standing, …

Canada CCOHS: Hazards, Ergonomic: Slips, trips and falls

Canada CCOHS: Hazards, Ergonomic: Shiftwork

Canada CCOHS: Hazards, Ergonomic: Tools

Canada CCOHS: Hazards, Ergonomic: Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

Canada CCOHS: Keyword search for ergonomics (multiple resources)

Canada: MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario, developed and hosted by Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD): MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario

European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

EU-OSHA: Provisions on workload, ergonomic and psychosocial risks

EU-OSHA: Musculoskeletal disorders

EU-OSHA: Psychosocial risks and stress at work

EU-OSHA: Ergonomics-Related Directives (multiple directives)

EU-OSHA: Ergonomics-Related Guidelines (multiple guidelines)

EU-OSHA: Ergonomics-Related Publications (multiple publications)

European Committee for Standardization — CEN

CEN/TC 122 – Ergonomics (multi-part standard)

International / Global

International Organization for Standardization (ISO): ISO 6385:2016, Ergonomics principles in the design of work systems

International Organization for Standardization (ISO): ISO 26800:2011, Ergonomics — General approach, principles and concepts

International Organization for Standardization (ISO): ISO 45001:2018, Occupational Health And Safety Management Systems – Requirements With Guidance For Use


Mexican Standard NOM-036-1-STPS-2018, Ergonomic Risk Factors at Work-Identification, analysis, prevention and control.


Singapore Standard 514: 2016 SS 514 : 2016 Code of practice for office ergonomics

South Africa

Occupational Health And Safety Act, 1993, Ergonomics Regulations, 2019


SIS — Swedish Institute for Standards: Ergonomics (multiple standards)

United Kingdom (UK)

Health and Safety Executive (HSE): Working safely with display screen equipment (DSE)

Health and Safety Executive (HSE): Legislation covering MSDs

Health and Safety Executive (HSE): Musculoskeletal Disorders Guidance and research (multiple documents)

USA: Americans with Disabilities Act Information and Technical Assistance

USA: American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ANSI: General Ergonomics Standards (multiple listings, including international)

ANSI: Office Ergonomics Standards (multiple listings, including international)

ANSI: Vehicle Ergonomics Standards (multiple listings, including international)

ANSI: Thermal Ergonomics Standards (multiple listings, including international)

ANSI: Machine Ergonomics Standards (multiple listings, including international)

ANSI: Human System Interaction Ergonomics Standards (multiple listings, including international)

ANSI: Control Center Ergonomics Standards (multiple listings, including international)

ANSI: Accessibility Ergonomics Standards (multiple listings, including international)

ANSI: Software Ergonomics Standards (multiple listings, including international)

ANSI: Hand Held Tool Ergonomics Standards (multiple listings, including international)

USA: ASTM International

ASTM Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits

USA: BIFMA — Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association

BIFMA G1 – 2013 Ergonomics Guideline

USA: CPWR — Center for Construction Research and Training

Construction Ergonomic Research & Solutions

USA: Department of Defense

Human Engineering: MIL-STD-1472G

USA: Department of Energy (DOE)

DOE-HDBK-1140-2001: Human Factors/Ergonomics Handbook for the Design for the Ease of Maintenance

USA: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Human Factors Design Standard, HF-STD-001


OSHA Ergonomics Standards and Enforcement FAQs

OSHA Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders

OSHA and the Timber Products Manufacturers Association Sample Ergonomics Program for a Company

OSHA Ergonomic Hazard Alert Letter Follow-up Policy

OSHA Ergonomics in the Baking Industry

OSHA eTool: Solutions for Baggage Handling

OSHA eTool: Beverage Delivery

OSHA eTool: Computer Workstations

OSHA eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors

OSHA eTool: Grocery Warehousing

OSHA eTool: Ergonomics in the Printing Industry

OSHA eTool: Sewing

OSHA Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders


NIOSH: Elements of Ergonomics Programs

NIOSH: Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders

NIOSH: Ergonomic Interventions for the Soft Drink Beverage Delivery Industry

NIOSH: Ergonomic Solutions for Retailers

NIOSH: Participatory ergonomic interventions in meatpacking plants.

NIOSH: Safe Lifting and Movement of Nursing Home Residents

NIOSH: Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Sonography

NIOSH: Safe Patient Handling Training for Schools of Nursing

NIOSH: Hazard Review: Occupational Hazards in Home Healthcare

NIOSH: Controlling the Ergonomic Hazards of Wiring Tasks for Household Appliances

NIOSH: Proceedings of a Meeting to Explore the Use of Ergonomics Interventions for the Mechanical and Electrical Trades

NIOSH: Simple solutions: ergonomics for construction workers

NIOSH: Simple Solutions for Home Building Workers

NIOSH: Development and evaluation of ergonomic interventions for bucket handling on farms

NIOSH: Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Farm Workers

NIOSH: Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders for Children and Adolescents Working in Agriculture


SEMI S8 – Safety Guideline for Ergonomics Engineering of Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment

USA: State of California

California Regulation: Article 106. Ergonomics. §5110. Repetitive Motion Injuries.

California Regulation: Article 106. Ergonomics. §5120. Health Care Worker Back and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.

Cal/OSHA: A Back Injury Prevention Guide for Health Care Providers

Cal/OSHA: Easy Ergonomics

Cal/OSHA: Ergonomics in Action: A Guide to Best Practices for the Food-Processing Industry

Cal/OSHA: Easy Ergonomics For Desktop Computer Users

Cal/OSHA: Sample Written Ergonomics Program

USA: State of Washington

Washington LNI: Ergonomics Process (multiple resources)