Ergonomic Job/Worksite Analysis Tools

Armstrong, Thomas, PhD; Ulin, Sheryl, PhD
Project title: 
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Ergonomic Solutions for Employment
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Tool type: 
Tool class: 
Nonengineering tool
Disability targeted: 
Musculoskeletal disorders
Study target: 
Employees with and without musculoskeletal disabilities
Study purpose or goal: 
To assess the ergonomic impact of different jobs to analyze the risk of development of musculoskeletal disorders
Who administers this tool?: 
Time to complete: 
Depends on the complexity of the job
Development background: 
Development of the Worksite Analysis Tools included literature and database reviews in worker capacities in given contexts or social settings (Brandt and Pope 1997, WHO 2001, Homan and Armstrong 2002), existing evaluation tools (Gilbreth 1916, Bridges 1946, Nieuwenhuijesen 1990, Weisman 1990), and heirarchical task analysis (Astley and Stammers 1984).
Impact of these findings on the field: 
Application of this data will lead to better accommodation of employees with musculoskeletal disorders in widely varied fields. It could identify gaps and potentially open the pool of jobs available to people with physical disabilities. It could lead to reduction in development of musculoskeletal disorders.
Peer review status: 
The assessments have been subject to peer review in several dissertations and journal articles. Contact project staff for more information.
Who uses the collected data?: 
Employers and vocational counselors assessing the work environment and the potential for employees with physical disabilities
Tool contact: 
Sheryl S. Ulin, PhD