When an engineering control is not possible, how and why should we "engineer" the ergonomic admin controls that protect workers from injury?
We use surveys to gather information from people we do not have an opportunity to meet personally, perhaps because they work on other shifts, or in remote locations. We also use surveys when we want to give people time to consider their responses. This article focuses on the value of pre-assessment surveys in an industrial environment.
Ewwww! I don’t like that metaphor either. But gore aside, workers often find the “best way” to do a task. And ergonomists are sometimes asked to evaluate alternative methods. How do we do this? We use objective analysis tools to compare methods. Some ergonomists use motion capture tools, which evaluate how much time is spent […]
The skin on our bare hands provides an ideal grip for handling most objects in day-to-day life. Our palms and fingers are relatively tough, grippy, and sensitive to heat and pressure. For many tasks, bare-handed is the way to go. Most people can’t imagine wearing gloves to type, use a pen, brush our teeth or […]
We’re building a new line. We don’t want to repeat the problems of the old line. How can we build for our workers?
Facilities using equipment that “can’t be changed” still, somehow, manage strain/sprain injury risk – we provide platforms, improve tools, use job rotation, and explore the possibility of using exoskeletons. The news that we’re “building a new line” creates a spring of hope that we’ll have an opportunity to eliminate the problems of the old line. […]
Many companies pride themselves in providing a great “place” to work…they purchase adjustable furniture, hire design specialists to install living walls, and create great places to connect with coworkers. I’d love to know how many of these companies have invested even a fraction of that energy into making home a great place to work. Admittedly, […]
Over the holidays, I am taking a few minutes to pause and be thankful, before I rush to nail down my 2021 resolutions. Here are five kitchen inventions that we can be grateful for on Christmas day (and why): – A built-in oven with a side-opening door. Our stuffed turkey is one of the heaviest […]
Step-by-step instructions are important communication tools in business, and elsewhere. If you’ve ever assembled a bookcase, you appreciate the value of a good task analysis, which forms the basis for good instructions. In the world of ergonomics, we use task analysis in physical/cognitive demands analysis (PDA/CDAs), and to develop training. First, training….Your company may have […]