Open Access Articles

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."
December 20, 2013

10 Principles of Human-Friendly Design

You must understand the basic principles of human-friendly design to evaluate or design workplace equipment. There are no shortcuts or simple tips that replace a firm […]
December 20, 2013

How to improve production

Despite all the advancements in automation and high technology, humans still constitute a decisive factor in production. Whether planning new operations or improving existing ones, it […]
December 20, 2013

Checking and Sorting

Common issues Constant bending to check orders Lifting, walking, carrying to sort orders Checking incoming materials often is done on the floor, which then usually requires […]
December 20, 2013

Process Improvement

Recent decades have witnessed the introduction of an impressive array of strategies to streamline and enhance production. Lean  — Focus on adding value and eliminating waste […]
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.
September 8, 2008

Michigan Releases New Draft of Controversial Ergonomics Standard

Opponents are girding to do battle against Michigan's new proposed ergonomics standard. The see it as a drain on the state's bottom line.
March 18, 2008

OSHA Announces New Ergonomics Guidelines for Shipyards

OSHA announces the release of Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Shipyards, an new industry-specific guidance document.
December 31, 2007

Ergonomics-related Citation to California Hotel a Foretaste of Wider Battles?

The California Division of Occupational Safety has issued a citation to the Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel, the opening salvo in a battle of a kind that could become more common.
December 10, 2007

Builders Launch New Appeal Against Voluntary Ergonomics Standard for Construction Workers

A new voluntary standard to help protect construction workers from musculoskeletal disorders is causing consternation in the building industry. The nearing United States election helps explain why, according to one report.
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