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October 6, 2010

Balls as Chairs; Ergonomic Checkpoints; 18th World Congress on Ergonomics

A roundup of ergonomics topics, including the New York Times on using exercise balls as chairs, the release of the 2nd edition of Ergonomic Checkpoints, an excellent resource for participatory ergonomics, and the 18th World Congress on Ergonomics, to be held in 2012 in Brazil (the week before Carnival!); Global Ergonomics Month; and the 1st FEES Conference.
October 4, 2010

The Effects of Walking and Cycling Computer Workstations on Keyboard and Mouse Performance

In this research review, reprinted from The Ergonomics Report Archives, researchers Straker, Levine and Campbell tested experimental subjects while performing keyboard and mouse tasks and found they performed slower and with more errors while walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bicycle than they did while sitting or standing.
September 29, 2010

Student Wins Ergonomics Award for Public Urinal Concept

Ergonomics graduate student Augusto Espinosa accepts award: "This design proposes a more efficient urinal for fast paced locales such as bars, clubs, and busy restaurants. The new model combines the sink area with the urinal. This better utilizes space and improves hygiene since the person is more likely to wash his hands if the sink is already in front of him."
September 29, 2010

The Role of Ergonomics in Rehab Engineering (Case Studies)

Combining ergonomics with rehabilitation engineering can change lives and provide disabled individuals with a means to do things that may otherwise seem impossible. This article highlights a few examples, including designs that help a young paraplegic auto mechanic, a multi-finger amputee mechanic, and even allow a quadriplegic to fish.
September 21, 2010

Where’s Ergonomics Going? Nowhere if Things Don’t Change!

Guest contributor Ian Chong makes a case -- and issues a call to action -- that ergonomists and stakeholders in the field of ergonomics need to cooperate and form an association as a way to better define and present the value of ergonomics to the public, and to protect and advance the meaning and application of ergonomics, particularly in product design.
September 14, 2010

Obituary: Dennis (Denny) Ankrum, Strong Contributor to Office Ergonomics Knowledge Base

Dennis ("Denny") Ankrum, a strong contributor to the Ergoweb Community and the topic of office ergonomics in general, has passed on after a valiant battle with cancer.
September 14, 2010

Combining Workers Comp Data to Prioritize Prevention Efforts

The State of Washington and NIOSH share the results of a symposium that brought together private insurance carriers, insurance associations, self-insured corporations, academic institutions and government agencies. The participants learned how Workers Compensation data can be used to estimate injury magnitude, severity, cost, frequency, and trends, which can then be used to prioritize prevention.
September 9, 2010

Ergonomics Turf War; OSHA Gets Aggressive

A roundup of ergonomics topics: Is there a turf battle brewing in the field of ergonomics? Which side are you on? Plus, OSHA is taking a stand on long working hours for medical residents, and has levied a $50.6 million fine against BP -- and that's for past sins -- they haven't yet hit them for the Gulf oil spill.
September 8, 2010

Study: Hands-On Better than Classroom Training for Safe Patient Handling

Researchers tested safe patient handling training methods, including classroom and contextual (hands-on) training in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Not surprisingly, they found that contextual training is more effective than classroom training, but what are the implications for ergonomists?