Open Access Articles

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 […]
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.
July 29, 2014

Sit-Stand vs. Sit: Muskuloskeletal Complaints Decrease; Mood Improves; Performance Remains the Same

German researchers investigated the effects of seated work vs. a mix of seated and standing work on physical and psychological complaints and on data entry performance. They found improvements in musculoskeletal comfort and mood when subjects varied working postures between sitting and standing, as compared to sitting only, with small effects on data entry performance.
June 3, 2014

3-Pronged Approach Resolves Office Ergonomics Issues

Delivering comprehensive ergonomics services to large or distributed office populations is challenging, time consuming and very expensive. Sending qualified ergonomics professionals is often difficult to arrange, […]
April 16, 2014

Commentary: Ergonomics and its Relationship with Wellness

Ergoweb's Peter Budnick details his views on the emerging debates surrounding the relationships between ergonomics, a field he believes is fairly well defined, and wellness, a concept that is not well defined, though intuitively appealing. "Ergonomics and wellness complement each other, but they are not one and the same," he concludes.
January 6, 2014

The Ergonomics of Economics is the Economics of Ergonomics

Hal Hendrick wrote "The Ergonomics of Economics is the Economics of Ergonomics" over 17 years ago, and it remains very relevant today. Peter Budnick reviews the article, including a summary of many ergonomics ROI examples Hendrick collected. As Hendrick said in 1996, "... I know of no profession where so small a group of professionals has such a tremendous potential for truly making a difference ... for virtually every person on this globe."
January 18, 2009

Michigan Regulatory Commission Advances Mandatory Ergonomics Standard

This battle is heating up. Despite efforts to derail it, the long-running effort in Michigan to introduce an ergonomics standard is back on track after receiving unanimous support from key regulatory commissions in Michigan.
January 11, 2009

Michigan Draft Ergonomics Standard Under Fire from Business Groups

A key vote comes up this week in Michigan on a draft mandatory ergonomics standard for the state. The economic downturn has an upside for the standard's opponents.
January 7, 2009

Safe Patient Handling Activists See Improving Attitudes in Healthcare Industry

Research shows manual patient handling is unsafe for patients and nursing staff alike. It persists, but two activists in the movement to end the practice report progress.
October 1, 2008

Experts Dissect Repealed Ergonomics Standard, See Room for Change

Any new OSHA ergonomics standard represents an opportunity to revisit the strengths and weaknesses of the 2000 version. The Ergonomics Report interviews experts David Cochran and Barbara Silverstein to explore the possibilities.
September 17, 2008

Foes of Ergonomics Regulation Honing Strategies

Conversations in September with spokespeople from organizations on opposite sides of the ergonomics regulation issue suggest a rematch is inevitable when the administration in Washington DC changes on January 20, 2009.
September 9, 2008

Anti-Regulation Group Prepares for New Fight Against Ergonomics

The United States Chamber of Commerce will hold a Forum entitled "Ergonomics in the 21st Century: Toward a New Paradigm" on September 12, 2008, in Washington, D.C. The meeting will serve to re-energize an anti-regulation group and to report new research it believes strengthens their political positions.
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