Ergonomics: MSD Prevention Toolkit

Work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) MSDs account for over 600,000 work related injuries and illnesses (34% of all lost workdays). Direct costs attributable to MSDs exceeds $20 billion per year. Indirect costs may […]

Free Online Safety and Training Courses

The state of Washington is offering some invaluable online safety and training courses on their website. Topics include:

Accident Investigation Safety Checklists HAZCOM Ergonomics Fall Protection Janitorial Services Job Safety / Hazard Analyses Lockout / Tagout Noise Process Safety Management (PSM) and much more

You can find the courses and modules on […]

Free Online Training Modules in Occupational Hygiene

The Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA), has created a new website,, where free course materials for international occupational hygiene training modules are posted. Find training materials, learn about occupational hygiene, or develop your existing skillset.

Modules currently available include:

Noise Asbestos Measurement of Hazardous Substances Health Effects of Hazardous Substances Control of Hazardous Environments […]

Return on Investment (ROI) for Early Ergonomic Intervention

The Canadian Occupational Safety webzine recently published an article regarding the types of returns companies can expect from early ergonomic intervention. The purpose of the article was to “to show the business case for using ergonomic and accessible design early in the design/build, move, renovation and/or purchase phase” and their numbers sound convincing. Jane […]

Worksheet: Analyzing Lifting Operations

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries has created a worksheet based upon the NIOSH Lifting Equation to determine if a lift operation exceeds the recommended limits. A copy of this worksheet can be found here: (Worksheet: Lifting Limit Exceedance (881)). If you are unfamiliar with the NIOSH Lifting Equation, a good resource is […]

MSD’s to be Added Back to OSHA 300 Log?

OSHA is proposing to revise its Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR part 1904) to restore a column to the OSHA 300 Log that employers would use to record work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The 2001 Recordkeeping final regulation included an MSD column, but the requirement was deleted before it became effective. The proposed rule would require employers […]

AIHA Begins New Podcast: Safe & Sound

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has started a new weekly podcast that will cover safety, worker health, industrial hygiene news, and general information relevant to the AIHA membership. The podcast will be hosted by AIHA’s Melissa Hurley and Craig Sorrell.

Episode 1 of the Safe & Sound podcast is entitled “Ergonomics” and features Sheree […]

5 Ways Ergonomics Have Changed Our Lives

The BBC has produced an interesting article detailing some of the ways in which ergonomics has shaped our lives over the years.

From the car, to the office and job site, from packaging, to pretty little things, the concept and application of ergonomics has made the objects and environments in our lives more comfortable.

A […]

Ergonomics for Construction Workers

This booklet, published by NIOSH, is intended for construction workers, unions, supervisors, contractors, safety specialists, human resources managers-anyone with an interest in safe construction sites. Some of the most common injuries in construction are the result of job demands that push the human body beyond its natural limits.Workers who must often lift, stoop, kneel, twist, […]

AIHA Position Statement: Ergonomics

A revision to the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s (AIHA) postion statement regarding ergonomics has been recently issued. AIHA defines ergonomics as the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and their risk factors in the workplace.

According to AIHA, the goal of ergonomics is to:

Decrease the risk of MSD Decrease worker discomfort […]