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Reference materials related to manual handling, repetitive motion and other human factors workplace hazards and controls, such as technical resources on computer use. Real-life case studies. Checklists and medical symptom surveys. Ergonomics program templates and guidelines. Success stories. Medical treatment of common musculo-skeletal stress/strain injuries, e.g., low back pain, CTS, knee, shoulder, hip, foot & ankle problems.


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

Case Studies

Examples of ergonomic case studies: offices, retail, janitorial, fleet ergonomics and more.


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


Worksite analysis sample checklists. 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. VDT checklist.


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


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


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


Ergonomic conferences and seminars. Certification information. Training courses on ergonomics.


Exercises & stretches that can help prevent CTD injuries, eyestrain, etc. 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

Guidelines for hand tool design. Biomechanical considerations in hand tool design.


Guidance on how to control manual handling hazards in the workplace. 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.

Patient Handling

Recommendations for solutions to manual lifting of patients. Information about mechanical lfit equipment and patient transfer systems. Patient transfer techniques, use of lift equipment, patient transfer teams.


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.


Force limits for horizontal and vertical pushing and pulling. Reference materials related to pushing and pulling activities. 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


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

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

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