Validating a framework for participatory ergonomics

Prior to randomization, interviews, observations and questionnaire answers (baseline questionnaire) were collected to gain knowledge of barriers and potential solutions for better use of assistive devices.

In April 2016, the 27 departments were randomly allocated using a random numbers table to a participatory intervention (14 clusters, 324 healthcare workers) or a control group (13 clusters, 318 healthcare workers).

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The paper describes an effort to provide clarity and organization to the field of participatory ergonomics.

A framework has been developed to define a range of different participatory ergonomics initiatives, establishing a number of levels at which to operate.

Participatory ergonomics programs have been proposed as the most effective means of eliminating, or redesigning, manual tasks with the aim of reducing the incidence of occupational musculoskeletal disorders.

This review assesses the evidentiary basis for this claim; describes the range of approaches which have been taken under the banner of participatory ergonomics in diverse industries; and collates the lessons learned about the implementation of such programs.

Successful, sustainable participatory ergonomics programs have an individual on the committee who takes on a leadership or "ergonomics champion" role ().