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May 5, 2011
The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) is accepting applications for the 2011 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. The award is given to the student (or group of students) for an Ergonomics project that demonstrates the major practice areas of rgonomics: Analysis, Design, and Evaluation.
May 5, 2011
Do you know someone interested in BCPE certification? Does he or she have questions about the certification process? They are invited to attend The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s “Overview of BCPE Certification” webinar on Tuesday, May 10 at 9:00-10:30 a.m. Pacific / 10:00-11:30 a.m. Mountain / 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Central / 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern.
May 4, 2011
This year Latvian Ergonomics Society (LES) celebrates 5th anniversary. Over the past five years LES has unified more than 50 members of various professions, published many books, booklets and guidelines in ergonomics field that has stimulated ergonomics scientific and practical development in Latvia as well as understanding in society about ergonomics significance in human quality of life.
May 4, 2011
This event offers the opportunity to share information and evidence-based practices and learn cost effective and practical health care ergonomics strategies to address patient and employee safety issues. It will be especially especially valuable to health care administrators and managers, safety, health and ergonomics professionals, nurses, aides & therapists, safe patient handling & safety committee members, support services staff, union representatives, educators and facility designers and managers.
May 3, 2011
Volunteer translator Tera Rezapour has translated the Ergonomics Today article "Sit-To-Stand Workstations" into the Farsi.
April 21, 2011
Workplace ergonomics takes a beating in the USA State of Michigan as the legislature and governor pass a new law prohibiting the promulgation of ergonomics related workplace standards. Is it time for the ergonomics community to finally put politics aside and focus on proving our value to society?
April 7, 2011
Volunteer translators Cesar Perez and Tara Rezapour have contributed new translations. The Ergonomics Today article "New Study: Time Spent Sitting Linked to Higher Risk of Death" is now available in Spanish, and "The World’s First Exoskeletal Arm Support System" is now available in Farsi. We also thank translators Cesar Perez and Panos Gourgouras for their contributions, and call for other translators to assist with additional languages. We now have articles translated into Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Farsi, Greek and Spanish.
April 6, 2011
There's been a lot of talk within the ergonomics community lately about the use of the word "ergonomic(s)" or "ergonomically designed" in product marketing claims. There's an evolving consensus that the ergonomics community "needs to do something," but what exactly needs to be done to protect the public from dubious or false claims remains to be seen. Peter Budnick reviews a variety of products being marketed as ergonomic and poses some interesting questions to stimulate your thoughts.
March 23, 2011
Cesar Perez and Panos Gourgouras volunteered their time and resources to develop Spanish and Greek language translations of our recent article "Ergonomists Without Borders: 2010 Review; Plans for 2011".
March 23, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Equipois Inc., designer and manufacturer of the zeroG® mechanical arm technology, debuted the x-Ar™, the world’s first exoskeletal arm support system for manual tasks, at the Applied Ergonomics Conference in Orlando, Florida. Designed to assist with a wide range of activities in industries where people work with their arms outstretched for long periods of time, the x-Ar simply attaches to a human’s arm and becomes, in essence, a formidable mechanical arm, providing dynamic support throughout the user’s range of motion, while significantly minimizing fatigue and discomfort.
March 9, 2011
This is the final article in a series started by guest contributor Ian Chong. In the first two articles Ian shares the thought process he and an informal task force of professionals and users from various backgrounds as they debated the merits of using a fitness / exercise ball as a substitute for an office task chair, or more specifically, the merits of calling such an intervention 'ergonomic'. The series continues to generate a great deal of interaction and comment from the Ergoweb Community and beyond. Read on to learn their conclusions ...
March 9, 2011
Ergoweb Community members Tara Rezapour and Dr. Yung-Hui (Terrence) Lee are the first contributors to what we hope will be many more translations of selected Ergoweb articles. Both volunteered their time and resources to develop Farsi, Chinese and Simplified Chinese language translations of our recent article Ergonomists Without Borders: 2010 Review; Plans for 2011, and Tara also translated an article summarizing a sitting research study into Farsi. Read on to see their translations and learn how you can contribute to growing the reach and influence of ergonomics around the world.
February 2, 2011
GOErgo, the Global Organization of Ergonomics, presents the 14th annual Applied Ergonomics Conference (AEC). GOErgo is a worldwide resource for the ergonomics profession dedicated solely to the support of the profession and individuals involved with improving workplace performance, quality, sustainability, and employee availability.
February 2, 2011
This is the first follow-up article in a series started by guest contributor Ian Chong. In his first article, Ian wondered whether it is "just a fad to replace $800 office chairs with a $24.99 as seen on TV type of ball?" Or is using an exercise ball as a chair really an ergonomic intervention that professionals have overlooked? To answer the questions, Ian polled an informal task force consisting of "some users, Certified and Associate Ergonomists, physical therapists, engineers, occupational therapists, and exercise physiologists -- all professionals and all, not surprisingly, with opinions." Read on to learn their results ...
January 26, 2011
OSHA has "temporarily" withdrawn its proposal to restore a column on the work-related musculoskeletal disorders on employer injury and illness logs (300 logs). Newly elected Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vows to fight an ergonomics regulation in his own state, citing it as an example of mandatory and overreaching regulation that drives away employers.
January 19, 2011
Still in its formative stages, Ergonomists Without Borders (a project of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics) had a very productive 2010. A number of milestones were achieved last year and the future is looking bright for 2011. Here’s a re-cap and a look ahead ...
January 13, 2011
Guest contributor Eric Durak throws his hat into the debate over the use of balls as chairs by sharing an internal survey study he and colleagues conducted at the University of Santa Barbara. Their focus was not ergonomics per se; their objective was to conduct a survey of staff that had used the ball over longer time frames in order to see if the ball had any impact on work status and any postural changes. They report positive results.
January 11, 2011
The market for ergonomically designed technology is heating up. In this example, a safe patient handling equipment startup company, Technimotion™, was purchased by KCI, a global medical technology company, even before their first product hit the market. They describe their products as "innovative and ergonomic patient handling systems for acute and post-acute patient care."
January 6, 2011
It's always interesting to learn what news and discussion content becomes the most popular, or at least the most read. After all was said and done in 2010, here are the top five results for Ergonomics Today™ articles and the Ergoweb Forums 2010. We aren't sure if these are really the "best" articles we've published in the past year, or that the discussions are the most informative of the last year, but they were the most read. You be the judge.
December 16, 2010
Guest contributor Ian Chong wants to get to the bottom of the 'is a ball an ergonomic chair' question, and he wants your help: "Have the physiologists and exercise gurus really uncovered something applicable that has been staring us in the face ...? ...we put together a small task force made up of users, Certified and Associate Ergonomists, physical [and occupational] therapists, engineers ...