Many of us in the ergonomics world have been watching motion capture technology for years. Clients and ergonomists are excited about recent advances that allow us to gather information using just a phone video camera. Is it too good to be true? Let’s take a step back and look at the history, before we consider the current […]
This article summarizes the October 2 2023 conference which was hosted by CRE-MSD.
We’re often asked to help our clients to develop and deliver stretching programs, customized for the work that their employees are doing. Do these programs work? We’ve been trying to investigate this question using “before and after” survey data. Clients start out with great enthusiasm, administering the baseline survey, implementing the program, and promising to […]
A few months ago, I reported about how “glove fit” affects grip strength. (Better fit = greater strength). This morning, I played around with grip endurance using different types of grips, and performed a little experiment at home. Here’s what I did: I found a 2-litre bottle of liquid (about 2 kg). I opened the […]
For most of my career, I’ve been single-minded in my focus on minimizing the risk of strain/sprain injuries. I’m not alone; most ergonomists work in a “safety” capacity, concerned mainly with keeping the demands of the workplace within the physical capabilities of the workforce. We might occasionally concern ourselves with cognitive demands (some much more […]
by Alex DaRosa This April 28, 2022 webinar, hosted by the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) and facilitated by Dr. Jim Potvin of Potvin Biomechanics, provided updates on the most recent advancements in analysis tools for upper extremity tasks. Dr. Potvin provided details and demonstrations of the latest versions of assessment tools that he has […]
When we work on-site with clients, we most often book full days, so we arrive in the morning when you do, and we leave at the end of the day. We collect data, facilitate meetings, analyse data, and write our reports, on-site. Employees often ask us where we go on the days that we are […]
Does your company see itself as “leading edge”? Is “R&D” built into your process? If so, are you applying this approach to ergonomics and strain/sprain injury prevention? Applied research allows you to examine information about specific problems within your company. Research can lead to better work processes, ergonomics awareness and skills, and innovation. As practitioners, […]