- There is strong evidence that ergonomic interventions result in positive financial returns for firms in the manufacturing and warehousing sector, moderate evidence for the administrative and support services and health-care sectors, and limited evidence for the transportation sector.
- Researchers who plan to evaluate workplace ergonomic interventions should include an economic evaluation.
Why was this review done?
How was the study done?
What did the researchers find?
- Administrative and support
- Health care
- Manufacturing and warehousing
Studies in the manufacturing and warehousing sector provided strong evidence that ergonomic interventions were cost-effective. Studies in the administrative support and health-care sectors provided moderate evidence that interventions for preventing musculoskeletal injuries were cost-effective. In transportation there was limited evidence. Looking at the subset of studies that considered participatory ergonomics interventions, moderate evidence was found for their cost-effectiveness.
What are some strengths and weaknesses of the study?
This is one of the first systematic reviews to look at the financial returns of ergonomic interventions. The review was restricted to studies reported in peer-reviewed publications.