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By Fernando Vallejo-Siller. Use this excel sheet to calculate anthropometric percentiles. Just fill in the measurements of your subjects on each column. The second sheet lets you calculate the proportional dimensions of the human body based on overall height. Just fill in the heights of your subjects and let excel calculate the proportional values and percentiles. It is not as accurate as taking the real dimensions, but it is a quick reference if you only have the height data or need quick rough data of a sample.
Computer Workstations eTool
By US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Contains examples of problems computer workstation users may encounter, and suggested solutions for addressing those problems. Also provides an example Checklist to help identify, analyze and control musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in computer workstation tasks.
By US Department of Energy. The Ergonomics Education, Awareness, System Evaluation and Recording (ErgoEASER) software has been developed to aid in identifying, evaluating, and preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Evaluating video-display terminal (VDT) workstations and lifting task design, ErgoEASER offers suggestions on how to address ergonomic hazards and reduce worker disabilities.
Ergonomic Evaluation of Products
By Fernando Vallejo-Siller. An excel sheet which evaluates some ergonomic features of products. It was developed by several teams of students at ITESM, each team developed a series of questions for products on their assigned category: static objects, mechanical objects, products powered by lower limbs, products with discrete feedback, etc. Then a score is generated, which indicates if further adjustments are needed. Sorry, no liability or responsibilty on the results by/or use of this program. Credit goes to the students who developed it... of course. In spanish.
By Sidharth Garg. Winner of the People's Choice Award for the Department of Labor Worker Safety and Health App Challenge. Ergonomics is a complete mobile workplace health solution that offers ergonomic equipment setup advice, a variety of workplace specific stretching exercises, and programmable reminders to help you time your breaks. For iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Ergonomics in the Printing Industry eTool
By US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This eTool focuses on workers involved in printing processes who may be at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) from workplace activities which may require them to work outside their physical capacities (e.g., lifting heavy items or lifting too often, or working in awkward body postures).
Evaluating Ergonomic Programs
By US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This video shares valuable information and tips from two OSHA compliance officers on Evaluating Ergonomic programs.
MMH Calculator App
By Rising Step. With this free version of the MMH Calculator (Manual Material Handling) the recommended weight limit for lifting tasks can be calculated. The calculation is based on the revised NIOSH lifting equation. This method is internationally established, and is e.g. used by Dutch Labour Inspectorate.
By Workplace Ergo, Inc.
. Handouts from ergonomics training courses, including a checklist.
Online Safety Courses
By Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Online safety and health training for employers and employees on a wide variety of topics
OR-OSHA 200: Developing an Effective Ergonomics Program
By Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This course introduces the student to the various steps in planning and implementing a successful ergonomics program, and writing an effective Ergonomics Protection Plan. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and controlling workplace risk factors, medical management strategies and training. For Oregon residents. CEU credits available.
OR-OSHA 201: Introduction to Ergonomics
By Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This course introduces the student to the basic principles of ergonomics in the workplace. Risk factor identification, basic workstation design options, and hazard control strategies to eliminate or reduce those risk factors will be the primary focus of the course. For Oregon residents. CEU credits available.
By SafetyInfo.com/Safety Engineering. Download or view online written safety programs. Topics include Confined Space, Ergonomics, Emergency Planning, Process Safety Management, Accident Prevention, and Hazmat Response. Some free samples are available.
Stretch Break — Kids Version
By Para Technologies. Stretch Break is an ergonomic software program that helps prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) by gently reminding you to take periodic breaks while using your computer. Every 30 minutes (default) it asks your permission to show the stretches. Full-motion animated figures show you how. After a minute or two of stretching you are returned to your current Windows application. The Kids version is free (registration is required).
By UCLA Environment, Health & Safety. Provides employees with ergo-friendly solutions to a variety of work-related problems.