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Ergonomics Research

Find evidence-based tools and current research initiatives focused on the study of ergonomics

Ergonomics is defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the scientific study of people at work. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce, prevent and/or eliminate injuries associated with the overuse of specific muscles and tissues due to awkward posture or repeated tasks.

Evidence-Based Tools & Resources:

Does Slip-Resistant Footwear Reduce Slips, Trips, and Falls in Food Service?

NIOSH researchers evaluated the effectiveness of a no-cost-to-workers, highly-rated slip-resistant shoe program in preventing workers’ compensation injury claims caused by slipping on wet or greasy floors among food services workers. Jul 19, 2019

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What are the challenges & facilitators of successful implementation to prevent MSD in the workplace?

This scoping review identified common barriers and facilitators encountered during the implementation of changes to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and examined their relationship with those encountered in general Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) efforts. Apr 09, 2019

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What workplace programs help prevent upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders?

In order to provide an update on what workplace interventions are effective in helping prevent upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders, a systematic review was conducted by a review team consisted of 11 researchers from Canada, Europe and the United States with expertise in systematic review methodology or MSD intervention. Apr 09, 2019

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Age, sex, and the changing disability burden of compensated work-related MSDs in Canada and Australia

This comparative research made possible through research-stakeholder partnerships offers a unique opportunity to use existing administrative data to identify long-term trends in disability burden. The objectives of this study were (1) to identify age and sex trends in the disability burden of compensated work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in Canada and Australia; and (2) to demonstrate a means of comparing workers’ compensation data internationally. Jan 17, 2019

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Six Sigma: Opportunities for Ergonomics & MSD Prevention

The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CREMSD) recently published a position paper that highlights and explains some Six Sigma tools and approaches and relates these to MSD prevention and ergonomic tools. Sep 26, 2018

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eOffice Ergonomics

The Institute for Work and Health (IWH) with the support of WSPS has created an evidence-based and standard-compliant online training program. This program is designed for workers who regularly use computers on the job. Feb 28, 2018

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Office Ergonomics Calculator

A growing body of research evidence supports the notion that an ergonomic intervention can have positive effects for office and computer workers. To help develop or enhance your organization's ergonomic intervention, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. (OHCOW) has developed an Office Ergonomics Calculator to provide users with the ideal measurements for each component of the workstation. Feb 28, 2018

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Off the floor! Assessing people's ability to recognize lifting risk factors for low back pain and the impact of a simple educational message

A collaboration project between WSPS, Centre for Research Expertise in Musculoskeletal Disorders (CREMSD), and the Ontario prevention systems. Through the use of task-specific videos the research group is currently assessing how stakeholders are perceiving the risk of lifting various objects off the floor. The first stage of this project is complete and a poster with a simple message to help prevent lower back injuries will be available here soon. Feb 28, 2018

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