Laboratory Ergonomics

Laboratory Ergonomics Laboratories provide many opportunities for ergonomic stressors to manifest into injuries or repetitive stress disorders. Major ergonomic issues in the laboratory setting includes static and/or awkward postures and repetitive motions. Use this page to learn a bit more about how to mitigate these stressors. General Tips If you stand at your workstation, wear Read more about Laboratory Ergonomics[…]

Insurers Cite Top Factors for Controlling Health Plan Costs

Originally posted December 7, 2021. Written by Stephen Miller, CEBS Three-quarters of health insurers say that managing a health plan’s network of care providers is critical to controlling rising medical costs. The finding is from consultancy Willis Towers Watson’s 2022 Global Medical Trends Survey, conducted from July through September 2021 among 209 leading insurers globally. The Read more about Insurers Cite Top Factors for Controlling Health Plan Costs[…]

Creform Corporation’s ergonomic lift workstation

Written by Creform Corporation. Originally Posted on March 15, 2022. The workstation has overall dimensions of 72″ W x 78″ H x 34″ D and is built with 42mm and 28mm pipe and joints. Secured inside each of the workstation’s four vertical legs is a hydraulic cylinder so its height can be varied to optimize Read more about Creform Corporation’s ergonomic lift workstation[…]

FROM PRIVATE PRACTICE TO DISNEYLAND, PHYSICAL THERAPY ALUMNA SHARES CAREER OF CALCULATED RISKS

Written by Jordan Gibler. Originally Posted on April 25, 2022. For over 30 years, Joanette Lima Nativo has been redefining how businesses and industries imagine workplace safety. Blazing trails in the nascent field of ergonomics, her career has led from the assembly lines of heavy industry to the myriad magical environments of Disneyland Parks and Read more about FROM PRIVATE PRACTICE TO DISNEYLAND, PHYSICAL THERAPY ALUMNA SHARES CAREER OF CALCULATED RISKS[…]

MSD prevention should consider role of gender and psychosocial hazards too

Originally posted: March 08, 2022. Workplaces need to examine how work is organized and assigned by gender if they want to understand and address the real root causes of musculoskeletal injuries (MSDs). Workplace representatives, researchers and regulators too have come to understand that work-related MSDs are influenced by a wide range of factors. Research evidence Read more about MSD prevention should consider role of gender and psychosocial hazards too[…]

Increased cognitive demands offset low-back exoskeleton advantages, research finds

Written by Alleynah Cofas, Texas A&M University. Originally posted on October 28, 2021 In manufacturing, work-related lower-back injuries from lifting and handling heavy objects account for approximately $100 billion in medical bills annually in the United States, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although novel ergonomic interventions such as industrial exoskeletons have Read more about Increased cognitive demands offset low-back exoskeleton advantages, research finds[…]

Knees, back and shoulders the focus of new MSD prevention posters

Photo: Center of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders Originally Posted on February 19, 2021 Waterloo, Ontario — A Canadian safety group has added three posters – focused on reducing the risk of MSD injuries in the knees, shoulders and lower back – to its musculoskeletal injury prevention resource library. The Center of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Read more about Knees, back and shoulders the focus of new MSD prevention posters[…]

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Positioning Equipment Improves Ergonomics for Medical Device Assembler

Ergonomic upgrades are becoming a vital part of many workplaces, and assembly workstations can be especially challenging. According to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ergonomic issues cost U.S. companies upwards of $54 billion annually, and they account for one-third of workplace absences. Thermo Fisher Scientific, a leading manufacturer of laboratory technology, recently Read more about Positioning Equipment Improves Ergonomics for Medical Device Assembler[…]

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Joanette Lima Nativo speaks at Southern CA PASMA meeting in July

PASMA (Public Agency Safety Management Association) meetings focus on issues that affect the environmental, health, and safety professions in the public sector. Asked to talk about this specific issue that continues to evolve, Ms. Lima Nativo shared her knowledge based on field experience and recent research on the topic. Her presentation, “Research and Reality – Read more about Joanette Lima Nativo speaks at Southern CA PASMA meeting in July[…]

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Study explores link between farm machinery vibration and workers’ back pain

March 21, 2019 Iowa City, IA — A NIOSH-funded study of farm machinery found that the machine operators experienced whole-body vibration at levels that reached the European Union’s “action level” for exposure limit within two hours of operation on nearly 30 percent of the equipment tested. Examining vibrations levels on 112 pieces of machinery – Read more about Study explores link between farm machinery vibration and workers’ back pain[…]