Ergonomics

Last Updated: September 18, 2020
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​Ergonomics is defined as fitting the workplace to the worker. A workplace includes not just our work areas but also our tools and equipment. Unless the workplace is fit to the worker, the worker is at an increased injury risk. Workplace injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or back strain are often associated with small, repeated traumas to the musculoskeletal system (muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, bones) and the nervous system when the job does not match the worker's capabilities. These injuries, also called Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs), account for some of the largest costs in injury claims and lost work time in the DOD. The Ergonomics Program at APHC is dedicated to decreasing those costs and reducing worker pain and suffering.

​If you have a question or need ergonomics assistance please email us at Ask an Ergonomist.   

For specific information on what the Ergonomics program offers please visit our Organization page.            
For contact information for the APHC Ergonomics Program, check out our contact page.


COVID-19 Telework Ergonomic Tips

The measures taken to protect our community from exposure to COVID-19 have forced us to move from office based workers to home based workers. Within home offices you may find yourselves in less than ideal computer work settings. We at the Ergonomics Branch want you to know that we have your backs, wrists, and necks. The resources provided in this fact sheet will help you to maintain good musculoskeletal health while working for many hours at your computer in your home based work settings.


This Week in Ergonomics:

New DOD Human Vibration Exposure Directory

This directory, operated and maintained by the Ergonomics Branch of the Industrial Hygiene Feld Services Division of the Army Public Health Center, is a searchable database of the vibration exposures to humans from tools and vehicles. You can also add collected vibration data to the database. https://usaphcapps.amedd.army.mil/HVED/ 

New WMSD Risk Assessment Tools  External Link

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Musculoskeletal Health Cross-Sector Council focuses on preventing musculoskeletal disorders, which are soft-tissue injuries caused by sudden or sustained exposure to repetitive motion, force, vibration, or non-neutral postures.  The NORA Musculoskeletal Health Cross-Sector Council recently identified over 100 guidance documents that provide resources and interventions to reduce WMSD risk factors, improve manufacturing performance, and enhance product quality.  Go to https://iea.cc/member/musculoskeletal-disorders/External Link for more information.

"Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Exposure to the Canadian Elements."External Link 

No one knows how to work in the cold better than folks from Canada. This article from the Canadian newsletter PROergonomics tells about how to avoid musculoskeletal injury this winter while working in cold environments.

U.S. Army Anthropometric database

Aberdeen Proving Ground is pleased to host the , created by the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (now the CCDC). Anthropometrics is the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body, and this database of Army personnel was created between 2010 to 2012.

Occupational Exoskeletons

Check out our new page on this new, emerging technology. It might be coming to help you do your work soon!

Reaching and lifting with poor posture can cause WMSDs

Ergonomic Injuries (or WMSDs), Injury Risks, and Workplace Redesigns

An illustrated guide.

Office Ergonomics

How to ergonomically set up your office.

Fact Sheets / Posters

Free one page Fact Sheets, printable Posters, and other ergonomics resources.

Sitting Too Much Is a Health Hazard

American College of Sports Medicine brochure on Reducing Sedentary Behaviors.


Return On Investment

Ergonomics can save your program MONEY.


Sit/Stand Workstation Research

Information for researchers on sit/stand workstations

Department of Defense logo Ergonomic Regulations and Policies

Army and DOD Regulations, Policies & Guidance on ergonomics.


EVAC helio nurse

Human System Integration / Health Hazard Assessments

HSI assessment methods used for HHAs.

Military Musculoskeletal Injuries

Military-specific WMSDs

Vibration

 Vibration

Injuries from excessive Whole Body & Hand Arm Vibration

Anthropometrics Database

Anthropometrics is the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body. This survey was executed by the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) from October 2010 to April 2012 and is comprised of personnel representing the total US Army force.

Occupational Exoskeletons
Information on the future potentials and current realities of this exciting new technology.


On-line trainingOn-line Ergonomics Courses

Information about our on-line training.


Medical Assessments

Health Care Ergonomics

Reports, studies and assessments of military medical services.