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Online Ergonomics Training Offers Substantial Benefits

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on October 10, 2019

In my work as an ergonomist, I conduct routine preventive and post-injury ergonomic evaluations. For years, I’ve asked each employee, “Do you know what ergonomics is?” and “When was the last time you attended ergonomics training?” The answers are almost always “not sure” and “never!”

Understanding how to set up and adjust one’s workstation is not intuitive. Employees must be taught how to do so. I often say, “We all know how to do our jobs, but no one has ever taught us how to work with good ergonomics!”. I’ve seen this over and over and it’s why I’ve been in business for 26 years! So, what is the solution?

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Should Ergonomics Training Be Mandatory or Voluntary?

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on October 3, 2019

Training is an investment in your employees, your most critical asset and provides an opportunity to truly enhance performance, knowledge, and skills. Choosing to make it voluntary or mandatory is important in experiencing the desired outcome. Employers most often choose to offer ergonomics training on a voluntary basis rather than making it mandatory. When training is voluntary, it diminishes the importance and makes it optional. By doing so, the message is clear, “You don’t really need this; we are offering this because we think we should."

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Employer’s Guide to Developing a Sit-Stand Workstation Policy

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on September 18, 2019

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Many employers ask whether they must provide sit to stand workstations when employees request them. Employers are confused about how to be fair across the board concerning the implementation of these adjustable solutions. We have all seen it… provide for one employee and suddenly, it’s contagious and they all want it… whether it will benefit them or not. What is often lacking is a clearly defined policy and procedure for providing sit to stand workstations. Having a policy and procedure gives employers and employees structure, control and a fair-minded approach to this popular workplace solution.

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7 Common Ergonomics Certifications and What They Really Mean

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on August 5, 2019

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Ergo-Buyer Beware

“Caveat Emptor” or buyer beware fits well when employers are selecting ergonomics service providers. The phrase arises from the fact buyers often have less information about the services they are purchasing than the seller is indicating to them.

Buyers of ergonomics services don’t necessarily understand the science of ergonomics and what makes a good ergonomics consultant, the differences in their education, training, and experiences which impacts the quality of service provided, the fees charged and ultimately the results the buyer or employer will achieve. These days, ergonomic credentials and certifications are like a bowl of alphabet soup!

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20 Questions to Prepare Your In-House Ergonomic Evaluator(s) for Success

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on July 31, 2019

Every employer has employees exposed to ergonomic risk factors in the workplace. Whether it is repetitive motion, awkward postures or forceful exertion, all employees face these primary risk factors. These are the most common precursors to a work injury.

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How the Quality of Internal Ergonomic Practices Impact Organizations

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on March 25, 2019

According to Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the father of quality, as quality improves, costs go down and productivity increases. Quality and productivity can be continually improved for better profitability. These are the same drivers that steer a company towards improving their workers’ compensation management and ergonomics process.

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Sit-Stand Workstation Recommendations From the Experts

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on October 4, 2018

This past August, I presented my Chair Assessment Model at the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Florence, Italy. Over 1700 ergonomists, most of whom were professors and academic researchers from more than 35 countries, were in attendance. This year’s theme was “Creativity in Practice”, the challenge of transforming the experimental, field research, and evaluation processes into the daily practices of the ever-changing working and living organizations. There was an over-abundance of lectures highlighting the latest research in ergonomics and human factors.

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The Future of Productivity: New Ways of Working for a New Year

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on January 17, 2017

We made it to 2017… of course! But what’s in store for us in the business world in the coming months? Just a few developments, predictions and trends come to mind:

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If you can’t measure it, you can’t quantify it, therefore you are guessing!

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on September 9, 2016

The purchase and implementation of your ergonomic chairs shouldn’t be a guess! Yet, I’ve seen over and over how many employers seem to do just that… guess. Random selection based on pictures in a catalog or based on an arbitrary budget and no objective criteria seem to be the drivers behind choosing standard chairs at most workplaces.

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How “NEAT” are you at work?

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on April 12, 2016

And, I don't mean tidy, orderly and clean at your desk. If you are not NEAT, you should be! NEAT is an acronym for "Nonexercise Activity Thermogenesis".

NEAT is the basic daily activity we should be doing, but we aren't because we are sitting too much. We have become chained to our computers, phones and iPads. We commute long hours to work in our cars then camp out on the couch at night watching the hi-def 54" TV! NEAT is the energy expenditure of all physical activities other than volitional sporting-like exercise. It ranges from the energy we expend walking in the grocery store, walking the hallways at work, typing, performing physical tasks and even fidgeting.

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