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Ergonomics Assessment Tools

Lifting Guidelines - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Division of Safety & Hygiene

Developed from a partnership between the Ohio BWC and The Ohio State University, these lifting guidelines are aimed to reduce the frequency of recurrent occupational back injuries. Lifting conditions can be assessed for both healthy employees and those who have returned to the job following a low-back disorder.

Lifting Evaluation Tools - Washington State, Department of Labor & Industries

Downloadable checklists and calculators to assist in the identification of musculoskeletal disorder hazards in the workplace.

Manual Materials Handling Tables - Liberty Mutual Insurance

An update of the manual material handling (MMH) tables, originally published by researchers Stover Snook in 1978 and by Stover Snook and Vincent Ciriello in 1991.  These tables provide an estimate of both the male and female population percentages capable of performing MMH tasks without overexertion, rather than maximum acceptable weights and forces first published, with the primary goal of supporting ergonomic design interventions.

NIOSH Work Practices Guide for Manual Lifting - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

This manual and app were developed to provide users with methods for accurately applying the lifting equation to a variety of lifting tasks.  The equation was designed to assist in the identification of ergonomics solutions for reducing the physical stresses associated with manual lifting.

$afety Pays Occupational Injury and Illness Cost Estimator

OSHA's $afety Pays program can be used to estimate the impact of occupational injuries and illnesses on company profitability.  It uses a company's profit margin, the average costs of an injury or illness, and an indirect cost multiplier to project the amount of sales a company would need to generate to cover those costs.  The program is intended as a tool to raise awareness of how occupational injuries and illnesses can impact a company's profitability.