Open Access Articles

January 9, 2013

Participatory Ergonomics: A Path to Sustainable Ergonomics

Following up on his popular Participatory Ergonomics webinar, Peter Budnick further discusses the importance of Respect for People in Continuous Improvement systems like Lean, arguing that it's impossible to achieve Operational Excellence without Ergonomics, and that Ergonomists can play a valuable leadership and participation role in such initiatives. He illustrates the importance of Respect for People with examples from his work with Ergonomists Without Borders, and also shares his slides and a recording of the webinar for interested readers.
December 31, 2012

UK Ergonomists Mark 20th Anniversary of DSE and ‘Six Pack’ Regulations

Twenty years ago on 1 January 1993, the UK implemented six wide ranging health & safety regulations that included provisions for ergonomics. Dubbed the ‘Six Pack', the 1993 regulations made clearer duties in relation to some activities (e.g. computer work, manual handling) and gave more detail and guidance to help employers protect the health & safety of their staff. "As a result, both employers and employees know much more about safer working practices and what has to be done in the workplace by both parties to achieve this. More could still be done to combat stress and improve overall employee wellbeing. And there will always be some difficult situations which will require compromise solutions," says Dave O'Neill, Chief Executive of the IEHF.
December 20, 2012

Ergonomics Inspired Reference and Training Manual Aims to Cut Gun Fatalities

In this reprint from The Ergonomics Report, the late Hal Hendrick is interviewed by journalist Jennifer Anderson regarding a forthcoming book he had co-authored, "Human Factors Issues in Handgun Safety and Forensics." As the gun violence debate erupts in the USA following the senseless and tragic deaths of 20 innocent children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary school, we reflect on the role that Ergonomics and Human Factors can -- and should -- play in the prevention of unnecessary gun related deaths, injuries, as well as any regulations that may follow.
November 30, 2012

Body Mass Index Related to Musculoskeletal Discomfort and Job Stress (Reprint)

In this reprint from The Ergonomics Report, Gene Kay and Peter Budnick review a research article summarizing the findings of a team of researchers from India that performed a study looking at various associations between body mass index BMI, musculoskeletal discomfort, and occupational stress among computer workers. Their results add to the growing understanding that being overweight can have a significant effect on musculoskeletal discomfort and occupational stress measures.
October 11, 2012

Ergonomics ROI: How To Document Ergonomics-Related Improvements

Presenting ergonomics solutions as valuable contributions to an organization is critical to getting them accepted, funded and implemented. This article, reprinted from The Ergonomics Report, recognizes that financial measures and predictions are a large motivating factor for any organizations, and ergonomics solutions must therefore be considered in light of their financial impacts. This article reviews the types of outcomes ergonomics can produce; shows how to do ROI calculations that put solutions in financial terms; and promotes an increased awareness of, and focus on, ergonomics performance outcomes, not just well-being outcomes.
August 22, 2012

Wellness: Why Ergonomists Need to Get Involved (Reprint)

In this article, reprinted from The Ergonomics Report, guest contributor Jill Kelby makes a case for ergonomists need to at least educate themselves, if not become actively involved, in emerging government initiatives wrapped around the concept of "wellness." As she explains, initiatives by the USA based NIOSH and NPC (National Prevention Council) appear to be co-opting ergonomics terminology and methods under the banner of "wellness," yet her research suggests that ergonomists have not been included or consulted in the development of these initiatives. She makes a case for why it should concern you, as well, and calls ergonomists to action.
December 7, 2005

ErgoSolutions: New Resource from Cal/OSHA for Jan/San Workers

"Working Safer and Easier: for Janitors, Custodians, and Housekeepers" - a must have resource for employers and workers.
November 23, 2005

Michigan’s Ergonomics Standard is Progressing, Despite Opposition

It's a brave effort because the state is as politically antagonistic to regulations as the present United States Congress.
November 9, 2005

Ergonomics the Focus of OSHA Alliance with the Forest and Paper Industries

Goal is to provide workers in the forest and paper- related industries with training and knowledge that will help them stay safe and healthy on the job.
August 24, 2005

The OSHA Ergonomics Standard Revisited

Ten years in the making, the Ergonomics Program Standard of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was introduced in 2000. The supporters' triumph was short lived: the Standard was discredited and repealed the following year. From supporters' reactions to some recent OSHA letter writing, it's clear the defeat still rankles.
August 12, 2005

OSHA Targets Ergonomics Settlement Agreements for Cancellation

In August the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor began canceling ergonomics agreements made with several major United States companies.
January 26, 2005

Worker Conditions In Meat Industry Come Under Fire

Human rights group's report accuses U. S. meat industry of putting workers at risk; meat industry representatives retaliate, pointing to errors in the report and touting their own actions that focus on ergonomics and safety.
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