Industrial

What is the maximum weight a worker can lift? (Nationally, Provincially, and Practically)

This is a question that is often asked of ergonomists. Many people believe that the maximum is 23 kg, or 50 lbs. Here are the facts: Nationally (Canada) Nationally, certain regulations apply to federally regulated organizations, such as airlines and banks, as defined by the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/86-304), specifically Division III, […]
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How to get a strain/sprain injury at a perfectly-adjusted workstation

I can’t honestly say that I’ve suffered a strain/sprain injury, but I know the early signs when I see them. I have the advantage of an education and 30+ years of experience, so I’m able to avoid the progression of such an issue. (Physician, heal thyself! Ergonomist, fix thine workstation!) I can, however, report that, […]
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What is an ergonomist, and what do they do?

(Prefer to “watch” instead of read? Here’s the video: https://youtu.be/43lk-BSmGmI) At the most basic level, an ergonomist (much like a lifeguard) gets paid to watch people. In our case, we watch people work. Of course, most ergonomists would be insulted at the insinuation that “watch” is all we do, but that’s what people see us […]
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FAQs about ergonomics

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 […]
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The importance of ergonomics: How one inch can make a difference in workplace safety and performance

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 […]
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