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Wearable Exoskeletons to Reduce Physical Load at Work

Categories: Ergonomics, Manufacturing, Technology

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Photo courtesy of SuitX, US Bionics, Inc.

Robotic-like suits which provide powered assist and increase human strength may conjure thoughts of sci-fi and superhero film genres. But these wearable exoskeleton devices are now a reality and the market for their applications in the workplace is projected to increase significantly in the next five years.  As with any technologic innovation some of the pros and cons and barriers to adoption are not completely understood.  In this blog our objectives are to:  (1) describe wearable exoskeletons in the context of workplace safety and health control strategies; (2) highlight current and projected trends related to industrial applications of these technologies; and (3) invite input from our stakeholders on workplace health and safety experiences, positive or negative, with these devices.

Ergonomics Climate Assessment

Categories: Ergonomics, NIOSH-funded Research

 

Researchers from Colorado State University and the Colorado School of Public Health recently found workplaces that value employees’ safety and well-being as much as company productivity yield the greatest rewards.

The study, “Ergonomics Climate Assessment: A measure of operational performance and employee well-being,” was recently published in the Applied Ergonomics journal.  The study describes a new tool, the Ergonomics Climate Assessment, which measures employee perception of their workplace’s emphasis on the design and modification of work to maximize both employee performance and well-being.

The NIOSH eDoc: New way to get NIOSH information on the Move

Categories: Communication, Ergonomics, Technology

 

The new NIOSH eDoc provides a mobile-friendly format for short NIOSH publications. This new publication product presents workplace safety and health information in a way that is accessible and easy to use on any mobile device, desktop, or laptop computer. NIOSH eDocs are created using Responsive Web Design which enables web content to automatically format for best viewing on different-sized mobile device screens. By minimizing the need for resizing, panning, and scrolling, responsive design allows easy reading and movement through a document.

Protecting Nail Salon Workers

Categories: Chemicals, Ergonomics, Service Sector, Women

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Last week, the New York Times published a two-part series highlighting what it characterized as exploitative employment practices and unsafe working conditions for nail salon workers, including exposures to hazardous chemicals. On the heels of the reports, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on May 11 ordered emergency measures in the state “to prevent unlawful practices and unsafe working conditions in the nail salon industry.”

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