All Ergonomics Articles

Back Care and Standing Work

Do you do a lot of standing at work? This article discusses how you can minimize your risk for injury during long periods of standing.

Repetitive Motion Disorders (RMDs)

RMDs are injuries that usually develop slowly over a period of time. Initially, symptoms may be mild and come and go.

Back Pain Prevention at Work

A chiropractor provides tips on building an ergonomic, spine-friendly home office.

The Spine and Repetitive Motion Disorders (RMDs)

Many back injuries are caused by long-term, repetitive wear and tear on spinal structures.

High-risk Jobs: Is Your Job Putting Your Spine at Risk?

Many occupations place workers at high risk for back injury. You might be surprised to learn how extensive the list is. Is your job listed here?

Healthy Back Habits for Caregivers

The stresses and strains of providing care to an ill loved one may take a considerable toll on the mental and physical health of caregivers—including their back and spine health.

Industrial Ergonomics: Prevent Injury from Hand and Power Tool Use

Research studies show that workers who are taught how to safely perform their jobs in a suitable environment are at reduced risk for work related muscuolskeletal disorders.

Is Your Work Space Spine-Friendly?

Learn 5 easy things you can do to make your work space more spine-friendly.

How to Choose and Use Hand and Power Tools to Reduce Risk of Injury

Proper tools along with posture and body mechanics can help reduce the risk for injury.

Postural Risk Factors for Back Injury

A research project done at the Cornell Dairy on postural risk factors for back injury in the workplace.

Preventing Injuries at Work

Work injuries range from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to calf strains, headaches to radiating leg pain (Sciatica).

Ergonomics: Stocking Shelves and Moving Products

Helpful ergonomic solutions for grocery store workers whose jobs include stocking tasks.

Ergonomics: Nursing Home Resident Lifting and Repositioning

Information representing a range of available options that a nursing home facility may consider to help prevent work-related injuries.

Ergonomics: Nursing Home Resident Transfer from Sitting to Standing

Ergonomic solutions from OSHA on nursing home resident transfer from a seated to a standing position.

Ergonomics: Wheel Chair Residents and Transfer Belts

Ergonomic pointers for caregivers who work in nursing homes.

Ergonomics: Hands and Forearms

Ergonomic principles on safe work practices include gripping properly to reduce risk of injury.

Ergonomics: Housekeeping, Kitchen Work, and Hand Tools

Housekeeping and kitchen work can present ergonomic challenges. Solutions for nursing homes environments are presented.

Ergonomics: Meat and Deli Department Safety

Ergonomic guidelines for employers and their workers in the meat and deli departments.

Ergonomics: Storage and Mobile Medical Equipment in Nursing Homes

Ergonomic information covering medical pumps, transporting equipment, oxygen tanks, and moving food trays.

Ergonomics: Nursing Home Ambulation and Lateral Transfer

Ergonomic solutions for nursing home caregivers to assist residents during ambulation, lateral transfers, and repositioning.

Ergonomics: Resident Transfer and Lifting in Nursing Homes

Ergonomic solutions for resident transfer from sitting to standing and lifting.

Ergonomics: Identify Problems and Provide Solutions in Nursing Homes

Pushing heavy carts, bending, lifting and carrying may present opportunities for work-related injuries in a nursing home environment.

Ergonomics: Bathtub, Shower and Toileting Activities

Sensible ergonomic solutions for resident bathing and toileting.

Ergonomics: Bathtub and Shower Activities

Practical ergonomic solutions for caregivers responsible for bathing nursing home residents.

Ergonomics: Safety in the Meat and Deli Departments

Adjustable tables, non-force grinders, and anti-fatigue mats help prevent injuries in the meat and deli departments.

Workplace Injury and The New OSHA

OSHA has developed incentive plans for employers because they have determined "safety and health programs have been shown to be the key reducing workplace injuries illnesses."

Ergonomics: Process for Protecting Nursing Home Workers

Strong support by management creates the best opportunity for success.

Ergonomics: Produce Department

Certain tools are less stressful to use. For example, a lighweight shorthandled plastic shovel is a good choice for shoveling ice.

Ergonomics: Nursing Home Case Study - Employee Training

Nursing home case study wherein issues such as high injury rates and employee turnover were addressed.

Ergonomics: Recommended Working Postures

Recommended working postures describe body positions that are neutral and comfortable.

Ergonomics: Preferred Work Zone

Work is safest when lifting and reaching is performed within preferred bodily work zones.

Ergonomics: Grocery Store Checkout

Ergonomics principles for use in grocery stores at the front end.

Ergonomics: Laundry

Healthy body postures during work and assisted devices such as linen carts help prevent work related injuries.

Ergonomics: Training Nursing Home Workers

Employees should be trained before they lift or reposition residents or perform other work that may involve risk of injury.

Ergonomics: Cleaning Rooms in Nursing Homes

Ergonomics tips for workers to modify deep sinks and cleaning using electrical devices.

Ergonomics: Potential Job-Specific Concerns

Checklist for identifying potential job-specific ergonomics concerns.

Ergonomics: Implementing Solutions for Prevention

Provides ergonomic solutions for grocery stores that describes changes to equipment, work practices, and procedures to control risk factors.

Ergonomics: Potential Solutions for Prevention

Ergonomic guidelines intended to address factors that are believed to be associated with MSDs in grocery stores.

Ergonomics: Bakery Department Tips

Bakery tasks can be made more ergonomically friendly by positioning the work at the right height.

Ergonomics: Risk Factor Checklist

Checklist for identifying potential ergonomic risk factors by workplace activity.

Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Introduction

Some grocery store work can be physically demanding. In the grocery store industry the presence of risk factors increases the potential for injuries and illnesses.

OSHA Effective Ergonomics: Four-Pronged Comprehensive Approach

Highlights of OSHA's outreach and assistance programs and information about the National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics.

Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Retail Grocery Stores

Grocery stores that have implemented injury prevention efforts have said they have successfully reduced work-related injuries and workers' compensation costs.

Ergonomics: Nursing Home Resident Repositioning

Points to remember when repositioning nursing home residents in a chair or during lateral transfer in a seated position.

Ergonomics: Grocery Store Stocking

OSHA provides employers and their employees with ergonomic suggestions to help prevent injuries when performing stocking tasks.

Ergonomics: Lifting Safety

Most grocery store jobs involve some lifting. It is important that employers provide workers with help to lift safely.

Ergonomic Solutions: The Dow Chemical Company's Innovative Use of "Six Sigma"

Avoiding ergonomics-related injuries is an important component on The Dow Chemical Company's overall emphasis on safety and health.

Ergonomics: Process of Protecting Workers

OSHA recommends that employers develop a process for systematically addressing ergonomic issues in their facilities.

Ergonomics: Identifying Problems in Nursing Homes

Assessing the potential for work-related injuries in nursing homes is complex because typical operations involved repeated lifting and repositioning of residents.

Ergonomics Project Results: The Dow Chemical Company

Immediate improvements in the identified risk factors significantly reduced the severity of injuries.