Process and implementation of participatory ergonomics interventions: a systematic review
Reasons for the study
In participatory ergonomics (PE), a team works together to identify risks and change tools, equipment and work processes to improve workplace conditions. PE interventions have been shown to reduce work-related injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues. What elements of a participatory ergonomic intervention can help ensure its success in workplaces? This systematic review set out to answer this important question.
Completed in 2008, this systematic review found a number of factors that increase the likelihood of a successful PE program. They include: creating PE teams with appropriate members, including workers, supervisors and advisors; addressing key facilitators/barriers, such as management support and resources for the program; and providing ergonomics training.
Related scientific publications
- Van Eerd D, Cole D, Irvin E, Mahood Q, Keown K, Theberge N, Village J, St Vincent M, Cullen KL. Process and implementation of participatory ergonomic interventions: a systematic review. Ergonomics. 2010;53(10):1153-1166. doi:10.1080/00140139.2010.513452.
- Van Eerd D, Cole D, Irvin E, Mahood Q, Keown K, Theberge N, Village J, St Vincent M, Cullen KL, Widdrington H. Process and implementation of participatory ergonomics interventions: a systematic review. Institute for Work & Health; 2008.
Related interviews and articles
- Non-academic OHS sources enrich systematic reviews. At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 75, Winter 2014.
Related research summaries
- Factors for success in participatory ergonomics . Sharing Best Evidence: Institute for Work & Health, January 2008.
Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board