Tag Archives: ergonomics

Bypassing safety doesn’t save time or money

I just read  a recent OSHA news release about two employees who were killed and another who was severely burned at a US Steel plant in Alabama.  The article said “Management knew that attempting to operate the valve while the … Continue reading

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No prolonged standing or sitting

NIOSH recently posted in their science blog that prolonged standing is not healthy–it can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and other health problems.  There have been prior studies saying that sitting for long periods is bad for you.  It sounds like … Continue reading

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Does the shovel matter?

There seems to be a winter theme to our blog posts.  Not surprising, given the time of year. And remember that March is one of the snowier months. Choosing a snow shovel, or a shovel for any purpose, may not appear … Continue reading

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Sprains and strains: Spot It. Fix It

The Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia has developed an interactive online tool to recognize some common musculoskeletal hazards (ergonomic problems) and find the best solution.  It only takes about two minutes to run through the six scenarios.  To give … Continue reading

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Job design to reduce injury

The Health and Safety Report from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, dated 4-30-12, has an article on “Job Design Tips for Ergonomic Hand Tool Use.” The main points are: Change it up: rotate jobs or add more … Continue reading

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Reducing repetitive strain injuries: micro breaks

Repetitive strain injuries go back to the days of early scribes.  Doing any one task for an extended period of time will cause stress and fatigue of the muscles. Back in the days of the manual typewriter, there was variety, … Continue reading

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The Aging Workforce

As another birthday came and went, I realize that I am one of the aging workforce. Well, actually, anyone who is working is becoming an older worker. But, as people are working longer, employers must accommodate some of the changes … Continue reading

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The Aging Workforce

Should I swap my chair for an exercise ball?

I have recently been asked about use of exercise balls at work stations.  Exercise balls require that abdominal muscles be engaged.  They are fine for short periods of time (an hour a day, maybe), but should not be used for … Continue reading

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OSHA’s Regulatory Priorities

OSHA has posted its regulatory priorities. There’s action where little has existed before.  Some of these items have been on the list for years and years (crystalline silica’s standard, especially for construction, actually requires an analytical method no longer used).  … Continue reading

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