Automated doors and hands-free sinks: the little changes we’ll see after COVID-19

2+U building in downtown Seattle, WA. Photo by Brian Miller. Written by Lynn Porter. Originally posted on April 17, 2020. Landscape architect Karen Kiest said she expects the 6-feet-away mandate of the COVID-19 pandemic will impact Americans even when it’s gone. “We’re never going to forget social distancing,” said Kiest, who owns Seattle-based Karen Kiest Landscape Read more about Automated doors and hands-free sinks: the little changes we’ll see after COVID-19[…]

Furniture dealer leans into the future of work

The Trellis showroom/headquarters at 37 Ottawa Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids features flexible, adaptive pieces that can fit with any work environment. Courtesy Trellis Written by Rachel Watson. Originally posted on May 15th, 2020. Knowing life won’t just resume “business as usual” after the economy reopens, a local furniture dealer is working to help companies Read more about Furniture dealer leans into the future of work[…]

Pipetting, the easy way: a focus on ergonomic design

Originally posted on June 5th, 2020. Intensive and repeated operations using a mechanical instrument without a good ergonomic design can result in prolonged stress that can lead to a number of muscular problems, known collectively as RSI (repetitive strain injuries). At particular risk are the muscles in the neck area, shoulders, arms and thumbs. Therefore Read more about Pipetting, the easy way: a focus on ergonomic design[…]

10 Worker Safety and Productivity Tips for 2020

Written by Steve Ludwig. Originally posted on May 8, 2020. It’s a new decade (depending on whether you believe the decade begins with year zero or year 1), but manufacturing safety challenges keep expanding: digital transformation, fewer available workers, globalization, and how to manage safety and security risks among them. We’re living in an era Read more about 10 Worker Safety and Productivity Tips for 2020[…]

Goodbye to open office spaces? How experts are rethinking the workplace.

Written by Sarah Gibbens. Originally posted on April 30, 2020. Distracting, intrusive, and now a potential health hazard. The list of grievances against crowded open office floor plans is mounting, and as state officials mull how to safely reopen offices shuttered by the coronavirus, some people are wondering whether the design is on its way out Read more about Goodbye to open office spaces? How experts are rethinking the workplace.[…]

Ergonomics Recommendations for Remote Work

Written by Anand Subramanian, Brandy Farris Miller, Jeffrey Fernandez. Originally posted on April 1, 2020. Photo credit: Dreamstime.com, ID 88803054 The world has moved to a reality where many people are working from home and social distancing measures require a new normal.  This means more and more people are working at a location other than Read more about Ergonomics Recommendations for Remote Work[…]

The 23rd Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference!

The 23rd Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference! Looking forward to attending the 23rd Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference in Louisville! This is always a great meeting, with high quality educational sessions, and the Ergo Cup competition! Two good keynotes and lots of good lectures lined up. And Louisville! I might get to see some family….

The Golden Zone: Reducing Stresses While Increasing Profits

Written by Brian Neuwirth. Posted on Nov 18, 2019 A busy warehouse filled with thousands of items, buzzing with equipment and lift trucks can pose many safety risks for the employees responsible for fulfilling the orders. Keeping workers safer while maintaining a competitive operation is no easy task. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Read more about The Golden Zone: Reducing Stresses While Increasing Profits[…]

On the clock: How to design a thoroughly modern workplace

Written By Hannah Hickok. Posted November 21, 2019. Photo by Nikolaj Thaning Rentzmann The gig economy is only expanding: Freelancers currently make up about a third of the American workforce and are projected to comprise half by 2027, a trend that’s mirrored in the growing contract workforce across the globe. With fewer people tied to Read more about On the clock: How to design a thoroughly modern workplace[…]

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Five Strategies to Improve Workplace Ergonomics

Through these best practices, manufacturing organizations can significantly change the reduction and mitigation of MSDs, improve health outcomes, reduce costs and increase productivity. Dr. Raffi Terzian, M.D., MPH | Aug 21, 2019 Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common among all Americans; however, employees in manufacturing settings are especially vulnerable to developing these injuries due to a number of Read more about Five Strategies to Improve Workplace Ergonomics[…]