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What is "Disparate Impact?"

Published Aug 7, 2018 1:45:15 PM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

When physical ability testing is challenged by the EEOC, it’s often on the grounds of the tests’ “disparate impact” on women.

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Ergonomics and the Human Result

Published Jul 31, 2018 9:30:00 AM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

One of the simplest definitions of ergonomics is “fitting the job to the worker”. But how do you achieve good ergonomics if neither the job nor the worker is understood? Attention to physical risk factors, psychosocial risk factors, and work organization risk factors is required if a successful ergonomics program is to be achieved.

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The Dangers of Repetitive Tasks in Non-Manufacturing Environments

Published Jul 24, 2018 11:39:00 AM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

Repetitive tasks are often associated with manufacturing environments. However, it is important that repetition, as an ergonomic risk factor, is not overlooked in the non-manufacturing environment. Repetitive tasks can be seen in all walks of work (i.e., warehousing, retail, public utilities, construction, etc.)  

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An Ergonomic Success Story in the Health Insurance Industry: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Published Jul 17, 2018 12:19:37 PM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

As the new millennium approached, employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island (BCBSRI)
tasked with providing health insurance for others were undergoing the physical stresses of their own office work—mainly carpal tunnel and other repetitive strain injuries.

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The Stress of Standing Still: Static Loading as an Ergonomic Issue

Published Jul 12, 2018 10:36:48 AM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

It’s easy to understand that jobs requiring major bodily movement can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and injury. Pushing, pulling, lifting, and other active tasks put obvious strain on muscles.

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eBook: Beyond Manufacturing: Ergonomics is for Every Industry

Published Jul 10, 2018 11:49:27 AM posted in Ergonomics, ebook

We’re all aware of the major role ergonomics plays in the heavy-lifting manufacturing industry. But the need for proper ergonomic implementation extends further than the factory floor and becomes apparent in other fields. The common connection? Ergonomics is necessary for promoting healthy work practices across a broad segmentation, no matter the job. 

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To Automate or Not to Automate?

Published Apr 25, 2018 1:00:00 PM posted in Ergonomics, Safety

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Manual Material Handling: Why Do We Still Do Things the Way We Did 20, 30, 40+ Years Ago?

Published Apr 19, 2018 1:00:00 PM posted in Ergonomics, Safety

As I walk through various manufacturing plants, I am fascinated by the new processes to make materials that are stronger yet lighter in weight than in previous years, or see robots performing tasks human operators dreaded performing...and then I see the manual material handling equipment...

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To Push or To Pull—That Is the Question

Published Apr 17, 2018 1:00:00 PM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

One of the questions we're frequently asked is whether it is better to push or pull carts, hand trucks, racks, etc. The answer depends.

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Infographic: The Dangers of Improper Manual Material Handling

Published Apr 12, 2018 1:28:38 PM posted in Ergonomics, Safety


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