Ergonomics for Environmental Services – Maintenance

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Applications Manual for the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (1994). NIOSH Publication No. 94-110

Assessing and Controlling Manual Handling RisK(2005)a risk assessment tool from WorkSafe Victoria

Easy Ergonomics: A Guide to Selecting Non-Powered Hand Tools (2004). DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-164

Easy Ergonomics, A Practical Approach for Improving the Workplace(2007).  Cal/OSHA, Consultation Service, California Department of Industrial Relations.

Ergonomics Commentary – Back belts may not prevent injuries at work (2008) from Worksafe BC

Ergonomics Guidelines for Manual Material Handling(2007). From NIOSH

Guide to Manual Materials Handling (1997). Mitel, A., Nicholson, A.S., & Ayoub, M.M. CRC Press

Guidelines for Shipyards Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (2008). Includes information on use of powered and non powered tools and materials handling issues that are applicable to maintenance service tasks from the United States Department of Labor,Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

From the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

  From the Health and Safety Executive UK

Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics -3rd Edition (2006). Edited by Gavriel Salvendy. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

Kodak’s Ergonomic Design for People at Work. 2nd edition (2003). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Lessons for Lifting and Moving Materials (2000). Prepared by WISHA Services Division, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

Manual Handling Resource (2004)  Contains a case studies describing solutions to a variety of manual handling issues from WorkCover NSW, Australia

Musculoskeletal Disorders and Workplace Factors – A Critical Review of Epidemiologic Evidence for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Neck, Upper Extremity, and Low Back (1997). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 

Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace – Low Back and Upper Extremities (2001). National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.National Academy of Sciences. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Occupational Biomechanics. (1997). Chaffin, D.B. and G.B.J. Andersson.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The Ergonomics of Manual Material Handling Pushing and Pulling Tasks (2001). A white paper from Darcor & ErgoWeb

The Working Back: A Systems View (2008). William S. Marras.  Wiley-Interscience.

Industrial Air Conditioning Repair

Other Resources

A Variety of Ergonomics topics from Oregon OSHA including
Introduction to the Ergonomics of Manual Materials Handling training tools

Oregon OSHA's easy lift app uses a modified version of the NIOSH lifting equation to give the user a maximum safe weight for various lifting scenarios.

Ergonomics Ideas Bank - A searchable collection of ideas, that may help you reduce exposure to awkward postures, high hand force, repetitive motions, lifting, vibration and other risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in your workplace from the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries.

Search the following professional association sites for 'Ergonomics' to view various articles and resources

Ergoweb supports the ergonomics community with industry news, resources and a collaboration community. Various articles and resources.

NIOSH Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders resource page

The OSHA Safety and Health Topics for Ergonomics.
This site contains links to resources related to common safety and health hazards that might be found in Environmental Services.

Working Safely In Health Care a Practical Guide (2007). Ed - D. Fell Carlson. Thomson Delmar Learning.Chapter 3 discusses how to Perform Clinical Tasks Safely by applying ergonomics principles to prevent injuries.

Analysis Tools for Ergonomists From Thomas E. Bernard,University of South Florida and

Workplace Ergonomics Tools from Cornell University
\Basic and advanced ergonomics analysis tools for evaluation of a wide variety of job tasks

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) Various ergonomics analysis methods 

L&I ergonomics evaluation tools 

Department of Defense Design Criteria Standard - Human Engineering MIL-STD 1472G 2012. Although applicable to design and development of military systems, equipment, and facilities, this standard is a useful ergonomics design resource that can be applied or adapted to any occupational work environment. New Jan 2013

 Materials Handling Checklist- Brief. Courtesy of L. Enos