Ergonomics Tools and Guidelines
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%.
Ergonomics Tool: Assessing Lifting Tasks for Injured Workers
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.
Ergonomics Tool: Assessing Tasks that Involve 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.
Ergonomics Tool: Assessing One-Handed Lifting Tasks
Multiple tools exist to estimate the risk associated with two-handed lifts performed in occupational environments, but no prior studies have developed guidelines for one-handed lifting tasks to help practitioners reduce low back disorder risk. A study funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation helped to develop occupational guidelines for safe one-handed lifting.
Guidelines: 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 A Best Practices Guide for the Reduction of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Food Distribution Centers (free)
Guidelines: Ergonomics for Housekeepers and Housekeeping Managers
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): Powerpoint, Handout
Download the training for housekeepers (in English): Powerpoint, Handout
Download the training for housekeepers (in Spanish): Powerpoint, Handout
Contact Dr. Gary Allread, SRI-Ergonomics Program Director, to Learn More:
- Phone: 614-292-4565
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