Process and implementation of participatory ergonomics interventions: a systematic review

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Published: January 2008

by: Van Eerd D, Cole DC, Irvin E, Mahood Q, Keown K, Theberge N, Village J, St Vincent M, Cullen KL, Widdrington H

Participatory ergonomic interventions or programs are considered useful to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in workplaces. Definitions of participator ergonomics include “the involvement of people in planning and controlling a significant amount of their own work activities, with sufficient knowledge and power to influence both processes and outcomes in order to achieve desirable goals” and “practical ergonomics with participation of the necessary actors in problem-solving.”

Participatory ergonomics 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 report answers this important question.