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5 Essential Elements of a Successful Ergonomics Process
This guide explains the 5 essential elements of a successful corporate ergonomics program.
Guide to Establishing a Successful Site Ergonomics Process
This is a hands-on guide to developing and launching an ergonomics process at a site or facility.
Site Ergonomics Planning Template
This is a hands-on, fillable spreadsheet template with examples you can use to expedite your planning. It’s a companion to our Guide to Establishing a Successful Ergonomics Process at a Site, above.
Using Setting-Specific Ergonomic Checklists for Non-Cyclical Work
This brief document explains the value of developing or using your own ergonomic hazards checklists for specific work settings and environments.
Guide to Assessing Ergonomic Risk of Non-Cyclical Work
This brief document provides ideas about how you might assess risk in non-cyclical work tasks and environments.
Open Access Articles
May 10, 2012
Drawing on 40 years of his own experience -- and noting that last year was OSHA's 40th anniversary -- well-known ergonomist Dan MacLeod presents his vision for OSHA reform, particularly when it comes to ergonomics. "During this time, OSHA generated striking improvements in working conditions, but has to my mind been simultaneously plagued by its approach to enforcement ... My experience gives me a sense of optimism that there are better ways to regulate industry. The premise of ergonomics is that with good design we can simultaneously improve human well being and increase overall efficiency. I suspect this principle applies to Federal regulations and agencies as much as it does to powered hand tools and production lines."
May 2, 2012
This 10 year old article, republished with permission from ErgoWeb's subscription-based The Ergonomics Report, remains highly relavent today, and the title says it well: Profits, Not Compliance, Will Drive Ergonomics.
April 17, 2012
In this Ergoweb exclusive, Dr. David Cochran shares the standard that he and many of his ergonomics colleagues would have preferred over the version that was rescinded by the USA Congress in 2001. Dr. Cochran was instrumental as an ergonomics expert and advocate within OSHA as the standard was being developed. As with any political process, compromises were made that many felt weakened the standard, and perhaps even determined its fate. The documents he shares in this article contain the full standard as he and others wished it would have been, and can now be used as an excellent blueprint for the elements of a successful ergonomics program.
April 10, 2012
On March 21, 2012, Ergoweb held a webinar titled "Improving Outcomes -- Office Ergonomics Success Stories." Attendees asked many questions -- far too many to answer during the webinar -- so we've compiled and answered the questions in this article, including laptops vs. desktops, how to convince management to invest in ergonomics, budgeting, liability, costs, ROI, sit-stand, chairs and more.
March 20, 2012
A well formulated and executed ergonomics program is once again shown to be a significant contributor to the organizational bottom line. The latest evidence comes from research conducted by University of Wisconsin based researchers Garg and Kapellusch who tracked key business metrics at seven health care facilities with ergonomics programs that included patient handling equipment. While safe patient handling has become an important topic in many health care facilities, and regulators, the proven benefits of an ergonomics program are transferable to any workplace or industry.
January 25, 2012
RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment) is an assessment method often discussed and applied by occupational ergonomists. In this article, reprinted from The Ergonomics Report Archives, Ergoweb's Peter Budnick reviews the popular method, recognizing its strengths, but also noting that it has limitations and can be -- and perhaps often is -- horribly misapplied, misrepresented, and misinterpreted without adequate training, experience, and professional perspective.
December 10, 2004
OSHA's chief, John Henshaw, slated to leave his post at the end of 2004.
November 26, 2004
NIOSH publishes guide to help select tools with ergonomics in mind.
November 15, 2004
OSHA signs partnership with the U.S. Army to improve ergonomics and safety.
November 1, 2004
OSHA's advisory committee on ergonomics plans the final meeting of its two-year charter, but not without a little controversy.
October 11, 2004
AIHA and COSHA sign Memorandum of Understanding to support one another's goals.
October 6, 2004
Recent actions and inactions by OSHA are making all sides of the ergonomics regulation debate a little antsy.