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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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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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Will an ergonomist recommend slowing down production?

Every ergonomist considers the effect of production rate on injury risk. In school, we learn that injury risk is related to repetitive or sustained exposure to forceful, awkward postures. Presented with forceful, awkward tasks that seem impossible to change, the logical suggestion is to limit exposure by slowing things down. Reducing the work rate gives […]
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