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Tools & resources to establish ergonomics programs and comply with OSHA requirements. Reference materials related to ergonomics workplace hazards, such as: ergonomic tables, anthropometry resources, models, etc. Technical resources on the hazards of computer use. Real-life case studies from more than 40 sources. Checklists and medical symptom surveys. Ergonomics program templates and guidelines. Success stories on implementing effective ergonomics programs. Lifting hazard evaluations. Employee guides. Certification, seminar and continuing education information. Medical treatment of common ergonomics-related injuries, e.g., low back pain, CTS, knee, shoulder, hip, foot & ankle problems.

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Anthropometric data of adults and children. Research on ergonomics issues related to body size. Anthropometric factors in human factors design. Tutorial.

Case Studies

Industry specific ergonomics case studies for reducing the risk factors for repetitive motion, lifting and manual handling tasks.


Resources address common ergonomics issues related to sitting and chair selection. Seated postures. Chair adjustments. Ergonomic seating.


Ergonomics checklists include those related to computer workstations, physical exertion, risk factor identification, lifting analysis, manual handling, upper extremities, etc. Risk Factor & Design Control checklists. Administrative task checklists. Worksite analysis sample checklists. VDT checklist.


Analysis of computer hazards. Answers to common questions about computer use &, typing injuries. Tips on injury prevention. VDT radiation. Keyboard positioning. Computer eyestrain. Workstation evaluations. Environmental office aspects. Cumulative trauma in office workers.


Bibliography of construction work & work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Tables on job-related symptoms by trade, lost time, physician treatment, etc.


Discussion groups, forums, newsgroups, message boards and e-mail group lists.


Conferences and seminars. Certification information. Training courses on ergonomics.


Recommended exercises and stretches to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, etc. and to to improve comfort when using the computer. Exercises for sore shoulder. The Rolf Institute.

Hand Tools

Biomechanical considerations in hand tool design.


Applications Manual for the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation. Original and revised lifting NIOSH equations. Utah simplified model. Proper lifting techniques. Facts about back pain & back injuries, back belts.


Calculation of cost/benefit analysis form for ergonomics. The costs of ergonomic injuries and the benefits of prevention. Tips for supervisors and managers to manage cumulative trauma injuries.


Medical diagnosis and treatment of ergonomic-related injuries. Clinical guidelines and primary care management of acute low back pain. AHCPR guidelines on acute low back problems in adults. Teaching module for physicians and health care professionals on low back pain . Carpal tunnel syndrome. Series of ergonomic medicine guides designed for patients that provide explanations & illustrations. Medical management in an ergonomics program. Painful shoulder diagnosis and treatment.

Patient Handling

Recommendations for solutions to manual lifting of patients. Information about mechanical lfit equipment and patient transfer systems.


Ergonomics program development. Ergonomics program guidance. Physical ability testing. Basic elements for healthcare ergonomics programs. Full text of a laboratory ergonomics program. Examples of effective ergonomics workplace practices. Sample ergonomics programs.


Reference materials related to pushing and pulling activities. Force limits for horizontal and vertical pushing and pulling. Recommended limits in the selection of hand and powered trucks and carts.


Ergonomics tools and manuals. Principles of ergonomics. Universal design principles. Answers to common questions on RSI. Implementation of ergonomics controls. CTD comparison chart. Lecture notes. Ergo statistics helper. Human Factors Design Guide.

Research Centers

Descriptions of colleges, universities, research centers , etc. that have laboratories and conduct research in the fields of ergonomics & human factors.


NIOSH lifting equation, tutorials, workstation evaluations


Guidance on controlling the ergonomics hazards associated with standing, standing/seated workstations, etc. Use of anti-fatigue mats.

Symptom Surveys

OSHA's ergonomics symptoms survey. Downloadable files on musculoskeletal discomfort surveys for males, females and hands.


Self-help guides to assist workers in adjusting their workstations to prevent injury. Online quiz designed to analyze knowledge of proper computer workstation adjustment. Full text of an occupational safety and health training manual on preventing manual handling injuries. Guides for workers in university settings, including laboratory ergonomics. Manual handling guides. Guidelines on lifting and preventing injuries of the back.

Upper Limb

Rapid Upper Limit Assessment methodologies. Hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder musculoskeletal disorders.


Hand / arm and whole body vibration. Symptoms of vibration white finger. Hand tool design considerations to control vibrations.

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