EEOC Guidelines for the Use of Medical Examinations with Existing Employees

Posted August 28, 2018 in Safety , Post-Offer Employment Testing
The Technical Assistance Manual on the Employment Provisions (Title 1) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990, provides clear guidelines to employers regarding the use of medical examinations and non-discriminatory...
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The Foundational Piece of EEOC—Compliant Post-Offer Employment Testing

Posted August 14, 2018 in Safety , Post-Offer Employment Testing
Post-offer employment testing, also known as physical abilities testing, gives employers the ability to ensure candidates are physically capable of performing the essential functions of a job. This is not a new concept, but some organizations...
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What is "Disparate Impact?"

Posted August 07, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
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

Posted July 31, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
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...
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The Dangers of Repetitive Tasks in Non-Manufacturing Environments

Posted July 24, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
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...
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Infographic: Ergonomics Everywhere

Posted July 19, 2018 in Safety

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

Posted July 17, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
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...
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The Stress of Standing Still: Static Loading as an Ergonomic Issue

Posted July 12, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
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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A Primer on Pre-Task Planning

Posted June 26, 2018 in Safety
Contractor Management Process There are many risk management steps that should be completed by “host employers” prior to allowing any contractor to start any project on site. But where does “pre-task planning” fit in to the overall process? What...
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Top Tools for Pre-Task Planning

Posted June 19, 2018 in Safety
Human performance improvement initiatives can systematically reduce human error rates inherent in any project. Considering both general industry and construction industry projects, some performance tools often include “pre-task planning”,...
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