Effectiveness of participatory ergonomics interventions: a systematic review

Reasons for the study

There is evidence that the inappropriate design of workplaces and work processes contributes significantly to the development of common work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). By improving ergonomic aspects of work and workplaces, it should be possible to prevent or reduce these disorders and increase productivity. IWH conducted a systematic review to summarize the existing scientific literature on the effectiveness of workplace-based participatory ergonomics interventions in improving workers' health.


Completed in 2005, this systematic review found enough evidence to recommend the use of PE interventions as a way to improve health outcomes. The review team also developed a set of recommendations aimed at improving how such research is designed and evaluated.

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Project status

Completed 2005

Research team

  • Donald Cole, Institute for Work & Health
  • Irina Rivilis, Institute for Work & Health
  • Dwayne Van Eerd, Institute for Work & Health
  • Kim Cullen, Institute for Work & Health
  • Emma Irvin, Institute for Work & Health
  • Desre Kramer, Institute for Work & Health

Funded by

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario