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Your Guide to Developing an Ergonomics Process

1st Edition

By Alison Heller-Ono

CRC Press

528 pages

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Hardback: 9781574442113
pub: 1998-06-29
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The occurrence of Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) and Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMIs) is increasing at an alarming rate, dramatically affecting today's workforce. The symptoms of these disorders develop slowly over time. Workers often ignore the discomfort, hoping it will resolve itself. Eventually, productivity decreases due to pain and loss of function, and a previously productive worker suddenly finds that he or she cannot work as a result of the disability.

Although this condition is discouraging, it is also preventable. Ergonomics - matching the work environment to the worker's abilities and limitations - offers a promising method to control, manage, and reduce the risk of CTDs and RMIs in the workplace. Your Guide to Developing an Ergonomics Process will assist in the process of reducing workplace injuries and illnesses related to cumulative trauma disorders and poor ergonomics. This valuable guide presents all aspects of a comprehensive ergonomics process, and outlines federal and state OSHA requirements. The program detailed in the text enables full participation at all levels of the organization - regardless of your experience in ergonomics.


"…your materials have been 'reviewed, evaluated, and accredited by ORI as an appropriate introductory course…"

-Oxford Research Institute

"These training materials have been accredited by the Oxford Research Institute as suitable and appropriate for Introductory Office Ergonomics Training…"

-Oxford Research Institute

Table of Contents

Section One: Participatory Ergonomics in the Workplace

Overhead Kit

Section Two: Developing Your Ergonomics Task Force

Overhead Kit

Section Three: Gaining Buy-In to the Ergonomics Process

Section Four: Barriers, Solutions, and Benefits to a Successful Program

Section Five: Building a Performance Based Process

Measuring Performance

Tracking Information

Section Six: Your Ergonomics Policy

Section Seven: Process Flow Charts

Section Eight: Ergonomic Task Force Guidelines and Methods

Section Nine: Ergonomic Task Force Roles and Responsibilities and Procedures

Section Ten: Ergonomic Evaluation, Procedure Forms, and Request Forms

Form A: Ergonomics Evaluation Form

Form B: Ergonomic Evaluation Summary Sheet

Form C: Ergonomic Controls and Recommendations

Form D: Work Practices Changes for Employees

Form E: Workstation Diagram

Form F: Anthropometry Model

Form G: Office Ergonomics Checklist

Form H: Ergonomic Risk Analysis for Laboratory Workers

Form I: Material Handling Worksite Evaluation

Form J: Office Ergonomics - Employee Workstation Self-Assessment

Form K: Ergonomics Evaluation Request Form

Form L: Ergonomic Equipment Purchase Request

Form M: Ergonomic Facilities/Maintenance Request

Form N: Ergonomics Task Force Meeting Minutes

Form O: Ergonomics Controls and Recommendations Tracking Form

Section Eleven: Announcing Your Program

Section Twelve: General CTD Prevention Training



Employee Training Handouts

Form P: CTD/Ergonomics General Training Announcement

Form Q: General CTD Prevention Training Sign-In Sheet

Form R: Job Specific Ergonomics Training

Section Thirteen: Disability Management Policy, Procedure, and Medical Forms

Form S: Return to Work Evaluation and Release Form

Form T: Cumulative Trauma Disorder Symptom Survey Screen

Form U: Cumulative Trauma Disorder Medical Screen and Log

Form V: Voluntary Screen Request Letter

Form W: Voluntary Screen Notice to Supervisors

Form X: Voluntary Screen Worksite Analysis Request Form

Form Y: CTD Screen Referrals to Medical Provider

Form Z: Dear Physician

Section Fourteen: Surveys and Performance Evaluations

Form AA: "How Did We Do?" An Employee Training Satisfaction Survey

Form BB: Ergonomics Task Force Participant Survey

Section Fifteen: Ergonomics Solutions Guide

Section Sixteen: Office Ergonomics Purchase and Use Guide

Appendix A: Anthropometry Guides

Appendix B: References and Additional Reading List

Appendix C: Summary Article: "How to Develop an Ergonomics Task," Monterey County Sheriff's First Year Results

Appendix D: Three Year Follow-Up - Monterey County Sheriff

Appendix E: ETF Consultation Services

Appendix F: California Compliance Guidelines

Form A 3/3 Cal: Office Ergonomic Exposure Analysis

Form A 2/2 Cal: Ergonomic Risk Analysis for Laboratory Workers

Form A 1/1 Cal: Material Handling Worksite Evaluation

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety