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September 19th, 2017

The Bottom Line: How are Physical Exertions Measured in the Workplace?

Humantech certified professional ergonomist Blake McGowan shares a simple and inexpensive way to measure forceful exertions in the workplace when a force gauge or other piece of data collection equipment is not available.

In summary, the BORG CR-10 Scale is:

  • a formal technique that measures perceived physical or forceful exertions using both ratio and category scales
  • exponential in nature and emulates the non-linear characteristics of muscular effort
  • proven to be a reliable and accurate tool to measure exertions

Borg GA. (1982). Psychophysical bases of perceived exertion. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1982;14(5):377-81.