I asked ChatGPT to list the most frequently asked questions about ergonomics. Here are the answers from our Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomists: What is ergonomics and why is it important? Ergonomics is the science and art of fitting work to people. Using physical ergonomics allows people to work comfortably, without risk of strain/sprain injury. Comfortable […]
Creating inclusive workplaces that embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is vital for organizational success. Ergonomics, the science of optimizing human performance and well-being in the workplace, can play a significant role in supporting DEI initiatives. This article explores how ergonomists and their assessment tools can enhance inclusivity and help organizations design jobs that accommodate […]
When an engineering control is not possible, how and why should we "engineer" the ergonomic admin controls that protect workers from injury?
Did you know that the placement of your keyboard and mouse can have a significant impact on your physical health and work performance? In industrial workplaces, the locations of conveyors, boxes, parts, and tools have similar effects. In this post, we’ll explore the importance of ergonomics and how even a small difference in reach or […]
I use my full-sized laptop keyboard (shown above left) when I work at client sites, but to set myself up ergonomically in my office, I prefer to connect my laptop to an external keyboard, mouse, and screen. I use my laptop as a secondary screen. This works well for me, but for some reason, I have […]
We have worked with bus drivers extensively over the years, and it is surprising how a small adjustment can significantly improve their driving comfort. Bus seats typically offer more adjustability than a typical office chair, which means that if the driver takes the time to adjust it, the “ergonomics” of the workstation can be quite […]
Supervisors are an untapped resource of information about the costs associated with ergonomics issues. These questions can help you to understand how an ergo intervention might save the company money.
Physical and cognitive demands analyses (PCDAs), in contrast to ergo assessments, provide only a summary of job requirements. They don’t include an analysis of injury risk or recommendations to reduce those risks. So technically, they don’t directly result in improvements to a job. How could they save an organization money? Let’s assume that you work […]