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

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Analysis of Work in a Dairy [3918] ?

Postural Risk Factors for Back Injury

Apparel Manufacturing Ergonomic Challenges [17438] ?

Final Report of ergonomics study of three apparel manufacturing plants

Baggage Handling [12649] ?

Describes common hazards and possible solutions for baggage handling

Bench-top Heat-Shrink Application Device [22617] ?

Replaced the standard heat gun with a device that employed resistance heat technology

Best Practices for Hospital Ergonomics [pdf] [6310] ?

A slide presentation

Building the Ergonomic Guitar [36987] ?

Combining art with ergonomics

Canada: Automated Bagless Linen Handling System [pdf] [27499] ?

Reduce manual handling injuries when handling linen bags by installing a "bagless" linen handling system

Canada: Ergonomic Tips for Resident/Patient Bathrooms [pdf] [27501] ?

Renovations that can reduce musculoskeletal (MSI) injuries in patient bathrooms

Canada: Health Care - Patient Handling [27495] ?

Injury prevention resources

Canada: Hospital Ergonomics (Musculoskeletal) Risk Assessment Project [pdf] [27502] ?

Risk assessments addressing the risks associated with working in medium-sized acute health care facilities

Canada: Patient Handling and the Application of Ergonomics [pdf] [27496] ?

126-page publication discusses how to implement a "No Lift" approach to patient handling in the health care sector

Canada: Patient Handling and the Application of Ergonomics Requirements [pdf] [27498] ?

Risk assessment and control requirements

Canada: Reducing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Intermediate Health Care [pdf] [27500] ?

In-depth insights into the reasons for high rates of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) in intermediate care

Canada: Transfer Assist Devices for the Safer Handling of Patients [pdf] [27497] ?

Use this guide as a resource for evaluating and selecting appropriate transfer assist devices in the health care sector

Casting Saw Automation [22614] ?

Description of a case study that removed the operator from the cutting process

Class Projects [96] ?

Ergonomics workstation evaluation reports - supermarket checkout station, library workstations, etc

Commercial Drycleaning Ergonomic Hazards [23349] ?

Control of Ergonomic Hazards in Commercial Drycleaning

Comparative Studies of Office Lighting [941] ?

Cornell University comparative studies of direct and indirect office lighting

Computer Ergonomics Success Stories [19245] ?

3 case studies that solved problems - includes photos

Computer Users & Electric Height Adjustable Worksurfaces [6309] ?

Effects of an Electric Height-Adjustable Worksurface on Self-Assessed Musculoskeletal Discomfort and Productivity

Control of Ergonomic Hazards from Squeegee Handles in Screen-Printing Industry [608] ?

Hazard control guidelines from NIOSH on squeegee hazards in the screenprinting industry

CUergo Reports [2071] ?

Download reports from Cornell University - office ergonomics, school ergonomics, hotel ergonomics

Deburring Metal Parts [27027] ?

A case study of solutions for reducing repetitive motion stress when deburring metal parts

Dental Ergonomics [32139] ?

Ergonomics principles in the dental setting - a series of articles

Dental Prosthetics Laboratory - Ergonomics Intervention [pdf] [38456] ?

Describes ergonomic improvements in a dental prosthetic laboratory

Ergonomic Assessment of an Animal Care Facility [19243] ?

An attempt to pinpoint the factors contributing to the perceived sudden rise in worker injury

Ergonomic Audit and Back Injury Assessment of Custodial Staff [2195] ?

A systematic audit of postural risks, poor tool design, and unsafe work practices

Ergonomic Evaluation of Backcountry Trail Crews [pdf] [22365] ?

NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation at Yosemite National Park

Ergonomic Exposures And Controls [pdf] [38747] ?

Truck unloading and sorting, compressed gas cylinder filling, chemical weighing, trash collection and recycling

Ergonomic Intervention for the Soft Drink Beverage Delivery Industry [6221] ?

1996 NIOSH publication on ergonomics in soft drink beverage delivery industry

Ergonomic Interventions in the Building, Repair, and Dismantling of Ships [18366] ?

NIOSH ergonomics study of the shipbuilding industry

Ergonomic Management Software & Work Performance [19237] ?

20 page report on study of the use of ergonomic work pacing software

Ergonomic Redesign For Checkout Stations [2810] ?

Results of an ergonomics study of a supermarket checkout station

Ergonomic Risk Factors in Commercial Drycleaners [pdf] [6236] ?

The hazards and controls

Ergonomic Solutions [27030] ?

Solutions for reducing repetitive stress for a variety of tasks

Ergonomics and Dental Work [pdf] [18972] ?

For dentistry professionals

Ergonomics and Driving [pdf] [18994] ?

How you can avoid the health hazards of driving

Ergonomics Best Practices for Industry [25767] ?

A series of best practice documents for construction, healthcare, plastics, public employers

Ergonomics Best Practices in the Food-Processing Industry [pdf] [28393] ?

ideas for making practical ergonomic improvements

Ergonomics Case Studies [pdf] [1574] ?

Brief examples of ergonomics savings

Ergonomics Case Studies [11831] ?

Series of case studies in ergonomics

Ergonomics Case Studies [36495] ?

A series of ergonomics case studies conducted by a major university - plant nursery, lab, dental hygiene and more

Ergonomics Case Study: Six Sigma Methodology [28899] ?

Using Six Sigma enables employers to develop program improvements based on measurement and analysis

Ergonomics Extended Care Facility [pdf] [27187] ?

Best practices document for ergonomics in extended care facilities

Ergonomics Ideas Bank [15267] ?

A searchable collection of ideas for finding ways to fix hazards in your workplace

Ergonomics in Agriculture & Nursery Operations [9450] ?

Impact of selected engineering controls in reducing ergonomic hazards in nursery work

Ergonomics in the Workplace - California [35723] ?

California ergonomics fact sheets related to industrial, service industries and general industry

Ergonomics of Driving [17030] ?

Advice for drivers

Ergonomics Research Studies [78] ?

Variety of ergonomics research studies conducted at Cornell University

Ergonomics Solutions: Beverage Delivery [8436] ?

Describes ergonomic hazards and possible solutions for workers in the Beverage Delivery Industry

Ergonomics: Children's Backpack Designs [19233] ?

Photos demonstrate poor and superior backpack designs for carrying books

ErgoWeb Case Studies [960] ?

Real life ergonomics case studies

FAA Human Factors Research [5511] ?

Human factors research topics/papers related to aviation

Furniture Industry Voluntary Ergonomics Guideline [pdf] [29335] ?

Best practices ergonomics program

Grocery Store Ergonomics [39230] ?

Guidelines for grocery stores

Grocery Warehousing [17433] ?

Ergonomic hazards and solutions related to grocery warehousing

Hazards & Disorders of Poultry Processing [8474] ?

Hazards typically encountered in the poultry industry

Health Care Workers Back Injury Prevention [20304] ?

How to prevent back injury as a result of lifting and moving patients and residents

Hospital Ergonomics [25586] ?

5 types of hospital work were studied

Hotel Ergonomics [2169] ?

Case study of the hotel worker's environment

Human Factors and Process Safety Management [pdf] [16881] ?

Missing human factors elements in PSM

Laboratory Ergonomics [21038] ?

Health and safety guide to laboratory ergonomics

Lead Protection in the Workplace [20540] ?

Lead Exposure Prevention Strategies

Manhole Covers - Manual Handling [39275] ?

How to remove a manhole cover

Mining and Ergonomics [28952] ?

Methods to minimize manual materials handling injuries in mining

NIOSH Ergonomics Health Hazard Evaluations [962] ?

Case studies of a shoe company, a grocery warehouse, a cabinet company, etc.

Nursery Ergonomics Tip Sheets [6087] ?

Tips on ergonomics tools for the nursery industry

Nursing Homes Ergonomic Guidelines [39234] ?

For resident lifting and repositioning

Occupations and Workplaces [8378] ?

Reducing the risk factors for RMIs by industry group

OR-OSHA Worksite Redesign Final Reports [22618] ?

1995-2001 program provided grants to employers to address ergonomic problems

OSHA Ergonomics Guidelines for Poultry Processing [23657] ?

Voluntary guidelines created by US OSHA

Plant Nurseries - Ergonomic Lifting Handles [6077] ?

For lifting, carrying, and lowering potted plants

Plastics Industry Ergonomic Best Practices [pdf] [29897] ?

Ergonomics best practices advice for plastics facilities

Poultry Processing Health Hazard Evaluation [pdf] [40441] ?

Musculoskeletal Disorders and Traumatic Injuries Among Employees at a Poultry Processing Plant

Poultry Processing Industry Ergonomic Guidelines [pdf] [39232] ?

For common job functions within poultry processing facilities

Poultry Processing Plant Health Hazard Evaluation [40741] ?

Evaluating Musculoskeletal Disorders and Traumatic Injuries in a Poultry Processing Plant

Printing Industry Ergonomics [28850] ?

Potential hazards and possible ergonomic solutions for tasks involved with offset printing

Removing Decals & Ergonomics [27029] ?

A solution for reducing repetitive stress when removing decals

Research Studies, Literature Reviews - Musculoskeletal Problems [11814] ?

Ergonomics research studies in French - a few in English

Ribbon Tying & Ergonomics [27028] ?

A solution for reducing repetitive stress when tying ribbons

School Ergonomics Programs: Guidelines for Parents [19234] ?

Covers keyboarding and backpacks

Semiconductors: Ergonomic Stressors on Process Tool Maintenance and Utilization [pdf] [13321] ?

Proposes solutions to reduce the negative impact on productivity

Sewing and Related Procedures [17437] ?

Example ergonomics solutions specific to sewing

Sewing Station [17444] ?

Ergonomic Challenges in Conventional and Advanced Apparel Manufacturing

SHARP Ergonomics Studies [3859] ?

Summaries of ergonomics reports completed in the state of Washington

Shipyards - Ergonomics Guidelines [pdf] [33608] ?

provides practical recommendations to help reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Farm Workers [23327] ?

Ergonomics advice for those in the agricultural industries

Tactical Displays for Soldiers: Human Factors Considerations [3901] ?

Helmet-mounted display technology human factors considerations

United Kingdom: Ergonomics & Manual Handling [23714] ?

MSD in the workplace - prevention and management

US Postal Services Ergonomics Practices [31341] ?

Describes the overall ergonomics process and ten task interventions taken by the US Postal Service

Veterinary Practice Ergonomics Guidelines [36402] ?

Risk factors and tasks in veterinary medicine that can lead to musculoskeletal injury

WMSD Toolbox [pdf] [9445] ?

For investigations of WMSDs in work settings

Woodshop Tilting Stacker [22613] ?

Worked with a material handling equipment vendor to have a modified lifting/tilting stacker constructed

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