ergo program

Budgeting for ergonomics

Fall is budgeting time for many companies, so I wanted to remind you to include ergonomics in 2022’s budget. We’ve been told by many companies that 2021’s ergo budget was re-allocated for COVID-19 initiatives. That means that MSD prevention projects have been piling up. In Ontario, MSD rates were lower last year than the year […]
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Too hot for a mask?

Heat stress prevention is a hot topic these days (pun intended), particularly around the added challenge of Covid PPE. Masks appear to be here to stay, at least for this summer. Do masks increase heat stress? We’ve learned a lot about making masks safe and comfortable: They need to be double-layer or triple layers, snug-fitting, […]
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You had an intern (or co-op student)….now what?

Right now, 40 graduating ergonomists from Fanshawe college are completing their internships at a variety of workplaces. (This was the 5th cohort – last year 32  graduated.) Many of the interns are starting projects or programs that will require maintenance. What happens after the internship is completed? Some workplaces may want to hire the intern […]
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Human Resources Professionals: Here’s how an ergonomist can help you

When you Google “Human Resources” a featured snippet declares that  “human resource activities fall under the following five core functions: staffing, development, compensation, safety and health, and employee and labour relations.”  As ergonomists, we are also concerned with “human” resources, although perhaps from a slightly different perspective. How can these five HR functions can be […]
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Safety Professionals: Here’s how an ergonomist can help

Safety Professionals help organizations to reduce, or even eliminate, the risk of workplace accidents and injuries. Most safety programs rightly prioritize efforts to manage hazards that could cause serious injury or death – crushing hazards, chemical exposures, falls from heights, and confined space, as a few examples. Logically, most Safety Managers spend the better part […]
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