Does Every Employee Need a Sit-Stand Desk?Written by: humantech on November 15th, 2017
In Humantech’s position statement, Prolonged Sitting and Standing at Work, we recommend minimizing prolonged static sitting and standing through the use of “movement-promoting” workplace designs, equipment, and furniture options. Workers should also aim for a 1:1 ratio of seated to non-seated time during a work day. So, does this mean that every office employee needs… read more
Next Steps for a Maturing Ergonomics ProcessWritten by: Christy Lotz on November 14th, 2017
A recent trip to an apple orchard got me thinking about a question I often get asked by clients: “What do you do after the easy fixes (low-hanging fruit) are done?” Well, that’s when you get your ladder out and start getting your fruit from the hard-to-reach places. In terms of ergonomics, this means starting… read more
Four Tips To Promote Good Eye HealthWritten by: Rachel Zoky on November 1st, 2017
A vast majority of employees spend multiple hours each day viewing computer screens. So it goes without saying that our ability to see information is vital to job performance. Unfortunately, according to the United States Center for Disease Control, in 2015 approximately 12 million people in the United States had some degree of vision impairment…. read more
Ask the Ergonomists: How do I Get Certified in Ergonomics?Written by: humantech on October 27th, 2017
Humantech’s Christy Lotz and Danny Munõz discuss the process for becoming a board-certified ergonomist in the latest installment of “Ask the Ergonomists”.
The Bottom Line: Research Interview: Lifting Height & Low Back PainWritten by: humantech on October 24th, 2017
Humantech ergonomics researcher Binh Ngo explains the results of his study on lifting heights and low back pain in this special installment of The Bottom Line. For more, watch the edition, “Lifting Height and Low Back Pain: What’s the Effect?”. Binh P. T. Ngo, Amin Yazdani, Nicolette Carlan, Richard Wells. (2017). Lifting Height as the Dominant… read more
Ask the Ergonomists: Sitting versus Standing in the OfficeWritten by: humantech on October 23rd, 2017
Humantech’s Jeff Sanford and Kent Hatcher bring you another installment of this series. This time, they discuss sit-to-stand workstations in the office. For additional information on this topic, see Humantech’s position statement, Prolonged Static Sitting and Standing at Work.
Should Ergonomics Teams be Cross-Functional?Written by: Michael Hoonhorst on October 18th, 2017
“Do you recommend that my ergonomics teams be cross-functional? Or does that dilute the team’s focus?” We get this question often. There are several considerations here. Before creating a team, you first want to think about its purpose, which is to conduct risk assessments, identify solutions, and lead improvement efforts. The team should also be… read more
Humantech Asks: Predictive AnalyticsWritten by: Dan Cannon on October 18th, 2017
In last month’s Humantech Asks, we asked readers: Is your company using predictive analytics to pinpoint MSD risk factors? Surprisingly, only 28% of voters said “Yes”, thus 72% replied “No”. Why Use Predictive Analytics? Using predictive analytics to identify MSD risks enables an organization to anticipate future injuries before they occur. For more insight into… read more
Product Review: Ergo Master by ErgotronixWritten by: humantech on October 18th, 2017
Humantech’s Josiah Allen takes a look at Ergo Master, a manual work positioner from Ergotronix.
The Bottom Line: Lifting Height & Low Back Pain: What’s the Effect?Written by: humantech on October 17th, 2017
Certified ergonomist Blake McGowan summarizes the findings of a recent study that measured the effects of lifting materials from various heights on low back loading and the risk of developing low back pain in this month’s Bottom Line video. The findings are below: Lifting from the floor produced up to twice the amount of spinal loading … read more