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Validation of a Simple Seat Satisfaction Questionnaire, Ahmed Radwan, Janelle Buell, Meredith Merchant, Michael Oeser, James Smith, Judy Spilka, Jonathan Wood and Jared Wydysh

We propose the simple seat satisfaction questionnaire (SSSQ) as the first graphically enhanced seat satisfaction questionnaire that assess the users’ overall satisfaction with, and the ergonomic value of seats. Through its proposed scoring system, this questionnaire will help identify areas in need for ergonomic intervention which will not only decrease the incidence of low back pain, but will also increase productivity among workers.


Getting a Grip, Construction Safety Association of Ontario

Describes a study of masons comparing the use of standard and lightweight block and the impact on musculoskeletal disorders. Concludes that injuries can be reduced with lightweight block.


Involve Engineers in Ergonomics, Kent Hatcher

Poor safety performance is a consequence of engineering design that fails to fully consider human interaction in the system. Engineers play a critical role in proactively designing jobs and equipment with low ergonomic risk, as well as reactively reducing existing exposures in the workplace. Therefore, to not have site engineers participate in your site ergonomics initiative puts you at an immediate disadvantage.


Ergonomics & Construction: Nontraditional Focus for a Top 20 U.S. Contractor, Heather Crawford, John A. Neil & Steve E. Thomas

Walsh Construction Co. is a Chicago-based general contracting, construction management and design-build firm. The firm has experience with a wide variety of building, civil and transportation sectors. Maintaining regional offices across North America, Walsh Construction operates using union labor and union subcontractors. nstruction; however, ergonomics has somewhat been embedded in construction without necessarily calling it ergonomics. Workstation design and workflow have changed, work setup and staging have changed, and tools and handling aides have also evolved, all with ergonomic benefits included in the new designs. However, what has not changed much is behavior, workforce fitness and risk factor reduction.


Integrating JHAs, Langdon Dement

JHAs are an essential part of a comprehensive safety program. However, the JHA is often overlooked as a particularly beneficial training tool, and without it the potential for injuries and fatalities is elevated. This article features three parts: preparation and integration of a JHA in a workplace safety program, connections with ergonomics and JHA-associated benefits.


America’s Changing Workforce: Ramifications for Ergonomic Modeling, Richard Sesek, Ruoliang Tang, Celal Gungor, & Jerry Davis

America’s workforce is becoming more diverse. Generally, this diversity includes workers with different anthropometry (size, shape), capabilities, work experiences and ethnicities. More importantly, the workforce is also aging and becoming heavier. However, the impact of aging and obesity is typically not considered in traditional ergonomic modeling. This article explores the potential impact of these factors and proposes several ways to factor these characteristics into ergonomic models.


Five Critical Elements for Managing an Ergonomics Program, Winnie Ip & Walt Rostykus

The goal of this article is to share the elements of successful ergonomics program management and provide guidance for strengthening strategic elements of current programs to improve performance.


Lightening the Load: Ergonomic Solutions that Reduce Patient Lifting Injuries, Elise Condie & Jessica Ellison

This article reviews the challenges healthcare organizations face in achieving significant and long-lasting reductions in injury rates, and will articulate the culture shift that needs to occur in order to implement a successful safe patient handling program.


To Stretch or Not to Stretch, That Is the Question!, Sheila O'Halloran and Mark Worthen

Twenty-five years ago I sold my chiropractor practice to focus entirely on industrial musculoskeletal disorder injury prevention and leadership programs. As an ergon- omist, I have had numerous opportunities to learn best practices for implementing stretching programs into any company or facility. Stretching programs require both a financial and time commitment. When considering the initiation of one of these programs, these factors must be weighed out based on the potential benefits and return on investment for each organization.


Safety 2014 Key Issue Roundtable - Closing the Gap – Linking Wellness and Preventing MSDs in Healthcare and Beyond, Janet Hayward and Leigh Freeman

A summary of the discussion which took place during this Safety 2014 Key Issue Roundtable - Closing the Gap – Linking Wellness and Preventing MSDs in Healthcare and Beyond.


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