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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Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board