Category Archives: Ergonomics

by Laura Dietrich, Certified Professional Ergonomist Static work is an ergonomic risk factor that is often overlooked by employers when evaluating a task. Static work is defined as muscles contracting without motion. Standing in front of a machine is the … Continue reading

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Back Belts: Should Your Company Use Them? by Laura Dietrich, CPE As an ergonomist, I am often surprised that I still see people wearing back belts while working in manufacturing, retail, and construction.  It is understandable that employers are looking … Continue reading

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Does Your Company Need One? by Laura Dietrich, CPE  As an ergonomist, I am frequently asked if I recommend stretching programs to reduce the risk of injury.  This question is difficult to answer with a straight “yes” or “no” response … Continue reading

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er·go·nom·ics  (ûr-g-nmks) n. 1. (used with a sing. verb) The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Also called biotechnology, human engineering, human factors engineering.  2. (used with … Continue reading

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By Laura Dietrich, Certified Professional Ergonomist If you plan to purchase new office chairs for your employees, here are five things you should consider before doing so: #5 – The more adjustability the chair has, the greater the chance it … Continue reading

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by Laura Dietrich, Certified Professional Ergonomist As an ergonomic consultant, I often start a site visit by taking a tour of the manufacturing facility that is requesting the ergonomic evaluation.  Over the years, I have noticed several ‘mistakes’ that are … Continue reading

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by Laura Dietrich, Certified Professional Ergonomist If you plan to establish an ergonomic committee at your workplace, here are five things that will help to ensure a successful start-up for the committee: #5 – Management Support The most important condition … Continue reading

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by Laura Dietrich, CPE By now we have all heard the predictions that this winter will be a hard one, with lots of snow. Many of us have already felt it. Typically, the first snow fall will occur and most … Continue reading

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with MooreCo, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of the Spine Align and Posture Perfect Ergonomic Office Chairs.  Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. The legs of the chair … Continue reading

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The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recently published a Position Statement on Ergonomics (http://www.aiha.org/news-pubs/govtaffairs/Documents/ErgonomicsPositionstmnt100509.pdf ). The main purpose of the paper was to communicate their position regarding the role and benefits of ergonomics in the workplace and to encourage the development … Continue reading

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