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Ergonomics Tools and Guidelines

How to Develop and Manage an Ergonomics Process

An ergonomics process is a plan in which a facility gathers all relevant information on work organization, employee capabilities and limitations, and work-related MSDs, to develop solutions to better accommodate these employees and reduce MSD rates and their associated costs. 

This approach, as detailed in this Guideline, has been successfully applied in many industrial environments and has been shown to reduce workers' compensations costs from 36% to 91%.

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Lifting

These occupational lifting guidelines aim to reduce the frequency of recurrent back injuries in the workplace. Lifting conditions can be assessed for both healthy employees and those who have returned to the job following a low-back disorder. 

Guidelines were developed via a partnership between the Spine Research Institute and the Ohio BWC.

Go to the online assessment tool
View the lifting reference charts
Read background information about these guidelines

Pushing & Pulling

These occupational pushing and pulling guidelines aim to reduce the frequency of back injuries in the workplace. 

Guidelines were developed from a partnership between the Spine Research Institute and the Ohio BWC. 

Go to the online assessment tool
View the reference charts and background information
Read the full research study

One-Handed Lifting

A study was recently funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to develop occupational guidelines for one-handed lifting. 

This research is currently being performed and will be compiled into an online tool that will be available soon.


A Best Practices Guide for the Reduction of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Food Distribution Centers

This Guide presents best practices for evaluating and designing jobs conducted in food distribution centers.  The effort was especially focused on the work of Order Selectors. 

This document was developed from a partnership between SRI-Ergonomics and a grocery industry trade organization.

Download guidelines (free)
Read an ergonomics success story from a food distribution center

Housekeeping

These training resources are for both housekeepers and housekeeping managers, to educate them on on the use of ergonomics to make room-cleaning tasks easier and safer. 

Materials were developed by SRI-Ergonomics consultants, who also provided this training across the United States, through the OSHA-sponsored Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

Download training for housekeeping managers (in English): PowerpointHandout
Download the training for housekeepers (in English):  PowerpointHandout
Download the training for housekeepers (in Spanish):  PowerpointHandout

Contact Dr. Gary Allread, SRI-Ergonomics Program Director, to Learn More: