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.

Progress

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 research summaries

Factors for success in participatory ergonomics . Sharing Best Evidence: Institute for Work & Health, January 2008.

Project status

Completed

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