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Ergonomics Tools and Guidelines

Guidelines: How to Develop and Manage an Ergonomics Process

An ergonomics process is a plan in which a facility gathers all relevant information on work organization, employee capabilities and limitations, and work-related MSDs, to develop solutions to better accommodate these employees and reduce MSD rates and their associated costs. 

This approach, as detailed in this Guideline, has been successfully applied in many industrial environments and has been shown to reduce workers' compensations costs from 36% to 91%.

Download How to Develop and Manage an Ergonomics Process (free)

Ergonomics Tool:  Assessing Lifting Tasks for Injured Workers

These occupational lifting guidelines aim to reduce the frequency of recurrent back injuries in the workplace. Lifting conditions can be assessed for both healthy employees and those who have returned to the job following a low-back disorder. 

Guidelines were developed via a partnership between the Spine Research Institute and the Ohio BWC.

Go to the online assessment tool
View the lifting reference charts
Read background information about these guidelines

Ergonomics Tool:  Assessing Tasks that Involve Pushing & Pulling

These occupational pushing and pulling guidelines aim to reduce the frequency of back injuries in the workplace. 

Guidelines were developed from a partnership between the Spine Research Institute and the Ohio BWC. 

Go to the online assessment tool
View the reference charts and background information
Read the full research study

Ergonomics Tool:  Assessing One-Handed Lifting Tasks

Multiple tools exist to estimate the risk associated with two-handed lifts performed in occupational environments, but no prior studies have developed guidelines for one-handed lifting tasks to help practitioners reduce low back disorder risk.  A study funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation helped to develop occupational guidelines for safe one-handed lifting. 

Go to the free online assessment spreadsheet
View the reference charts and background information
Read the full research study

GuidelinesA Best Practices Guide for the Reduction of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Food Distribution Centers

This Guide presents best practices for evaluating and designing jobs conducted in food distribution centers.  The effort was especially focused on the work of Order Selectors. 

This document was developed from a partnership between SRI-Ergonomics and a grocery industry trade organization.

Download A Best Practices Guide for the Reduction of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Food Distribution Centers (free)
Read an ergonomics success story from a food distribution center

Guidelines:  Ergonomics for Housekeepers and Housekeeping Managers

These training resources are for both housekeepers and housekeeping managers, to educate them on on the use of ergonomics to make room-cleaning tasks easier and safer. 

Materials were developed by SRI-Ergonomics consultants, who also provided this training across the United States, through the OSHA-sponsored Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

Download training for housekeeping managers (in English): PowerpointHandout
Download the training for housekeepers (in English):  PowerpointHandout
Download the training for housekeepers (in Spanish):  PowerpointHandout

Contact Dr. Gary Allread, SRI-Ergonomics Program Director, to Learn More: