Open Access News: over 1200 articles
July 18, 2008
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Appeals Board Panel today dismissed the latest appeal brought by the Construction Industry Employer Coalition, a coalition of five trade associations of U.S. construction interests, to withdraw the adoption of the approved voluntary consensus standard “reduction of Musculoskeletal Problems in Construction” (ANSI/ASSE A10.40-2007)
July 14, 2008
A recent study gives employers a way to predict which ergonomics measures are likely to produce the best results. It gives them the ability to make assumptions based on other people’s experience.
July 7, 2008
A merger of two rival pharmaceutical companies could prod doctors to switch from handwritten or phoned prescriptions to the e-route. The switch – and a merged database of patient records – could help reduce several types of medication errors.
June 30, 2008
On July 1, California joins several other states in banning the use of hand-held cell phones behind the wheel. Recent research undermines Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s contention that the new law will make the state’s roads safer.
June 23, 2008
The American Medical Association and federal Food and Drug Administration see peril in devices prone to shed parts in patients’ bodies.
June 16, 2008
A motorcycle simulator in Britain gives researchers a means of anticipating ergonomics-related flaws that can take the fun out of a long ride.
June 9, 2008
New research sheds light on the challenge of holding conversations while performing visual tasks such as driving.
June 6, 2008
The AIHce program (May 31-June 5) continued a tradition of including strong ergonomic content with a well-received pre-conference seminar (Making a Business Case for Ergonomics), two Personal Development Courses (Office Ergonomics and Heat Stress), nine sessions in the Technical Program, and numerous ergonomic product exhibitors.
June 4, 2008
A federal judge has dismissed the last of four counts in a lawsuit against ACGIH® that challenged the scientific foundation of Threshold Limit Values (TLVs). Seen as a major victory for occupational health and safety, the dismissal ends four years of litigation, unless the plaintiffs decide to appeal.
June 2, 2008
Seniors will soon command a bigger share of automotive sales, a change not lost on automobile manufacturers.
May 26, 2008
A new hand-washing initiatives with “teeth” is aimed at cutting the infection rate at Canadian health-care facilities
May 21, 2008
Certification by Portfolio Review is available to accomplished professionals with at least 15 years of ergonomics/human factors/usability work experience. The portfolio option is being discontinued as BCPE positions itself for accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, was Bike-to-Work Day. It was a reminder of the health benefits of regular bicycling - and of the risks.
May 12, 2008
The 2008 Alice Hamilton Award honors two researchers whose 2007 booklet is designed to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders in construction, one of the most hazardous industries in the United States.
May 5, 2008
New brain research suggests some human errors can be predicted, and the ability to predict them opens a door to preventing them.
April 28, 2008
A new European directive endangers “fortissimo” orchestral compositions. Could the future hold “pianissimo” performances of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”?
April 22, 2008
The award and a cash prize of US$ 10,000 recognizes outstanding original research leading to the reduction or mitigation of work-related injuries and/or to the advancement of theory, understanding, and development of occupational safety research.
April 21, 2008
Leonardo da Vinci has been dead for centuries, yet his views on design remained alive for participants at April’s Human-Computer Interaction conference in Florence.
April 14, 2008
The 2008 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago exhibited thousands of environmentally-friendly products. Where does usability -- ergonomics -- fit into the 'green' revolution?
April 7, 2008
Travel agents and airlines are not thinking enough about usability with their websites, according to a new study.