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November 29th, 2016

The Bottom Line: Participatory Ergonomics: 5 Keys to Success

Certified ergonomist Blake McGowan shares five of the nine findings from a systematic review of research that summarized the elements of a successful participatory ergonomic intervention in the video below.


The full list of findings are:

  1. Gain support from the entire organization.
  2. Form a steering committee, comprising of members from all departments across the organization, to guide the process.
  3. Management should provide adequate resources (people, time, and money).
  4. Form small teams, of the right people, to conduct the intervention.
  5. Provide ergonomics training to the the right people and focus on their workplace risks.
  6. Define the job responsibilities of each team member to ensure they are able to  identify the problem, develop the solution, and implement change.
  7. All decisions should be  a group decision.
  8. Maintain communication throughout the intervention.
  9. People should understand and know how to get things done within their organization.

van Eerd D, Cole D, Irvin E, Mahood Q, Keown K, Theberge N, Village J, St Vincent M, Cullen K.  (2010).  Process and implementation of participatory ergonomic interventions: a systematic review. Ergonomics. 2010 Oct;53(10):1153-66. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2010.513452.