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.

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Project status

Completed 2008

Research team

  • Dwayne Van Eerd, Institute for Work & Health (PI)
  • Donald Cole, Institute for Work & Health
  • Emma Irvin, Institute for Work & Health
  • Quenby Mahood, Institute for Work & Health
  • Kiera Keown, Institute for Work & Health
  • Nancy Theberge, University of Waterloo
  • Judy Village, University of British Columbia
  • Marie St. Vincent, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail
  • Kim Cullen, Institute for Work & Health
  • Heather Widdrington, Institute for Work & Health

Funded by

Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board