Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Ergonomics: Risk Management Strategies

When a safety professional has completed the risk assessment phase and is ready to begin taking steps to create an ergonomics program, it's useful to think about the "triangle" of ergonomic risk factors, says Kent Hatcher, M.Sc., AEP, ACE, of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based ergonomics consulting firm Humantech Inc.

There are three risk factors that tend to work synergistically to create a risk of repetitive stress injuries, Hatcher explains. Those risk factors -- posture, force and frequency -- create a triangle, similar in principle to the fire triangle of heat, fuel and oxygen.

That triangle provides a useful visual model for designing an ergonomics program. (Via Occupational Hazards)

Fire Triangle - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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