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ISO 45001: A Model for Managing Workplace Ergonomics

A deep dive into the new standard shows how its terminology and structure work to improve processes and reduce injuries.

Ergonomics

'It is discrimination': Sick worker wins groundbreaking case against WSIB

It's been nearly a decade since he stepped into a printing plant, but Mitch LaPrade still remembers the distinct smell — a smell so strong it …

Fire Fighting

Sorry Sony, I'm stealing those sweet noise-cancelling headphones you lent me

Dear Sony,<p>I’m writing to you from a beautiful bubble of silence that exists only for me.<p>A few weeks ago, you sent me the new WH-1000MX2 noise cancelling headphones, fully expecting me to try them out for a couple of weeks, write my review, and send them back. You thought wrong, Sony.<p>Look, I wasn’t …

Consumer Tech

LED street lights can damage eyes and cause sleep problems, health officials warn

LED street lights are proven to be cheaper for cities, and more environmentally friendly, but health officials in Britain are warning that they also …

To get the most out of drilling simulators, follow these 5 principles for designing training exercises

<i>Focusing only on technical details of scenarios won’t allow organizations to maximize team performance</i><p><b>By Margaret Crichton, People Factor …

We’re treating lower back pain all wrong. Here’s how to do it right.

Low back pain is the most common cause of disability worldwide, with eight in 10 people reporting the problem at some point in their lives, according …

The verdict is in on whether standing desks help you lose weight

Are standing desks really doing us any good?<p>That question has divided workplaces since sitting started going out of fashion about five years ago. Our …

Warehouse Ergonomics/Tips And Techniques To Decrease Injury Risk

The approximately 705,000 workers in the warehousing and storage sector of industry perform a wide variety of tasks, including labeling items, …

How To Design For Everyone, In 3 Steps

First? Ignore the average user–they don’t exist.<p>Inclusive design is officially a buzzword, with companies like Airbnb releasing an inclusion toolkit and Microsoft attempting to use its principles to make better products. But the idea behind that buzzword–that designing for a wider variety of people …

Can You Lose Weight by Standing Up? Doctors Weigh In

Are standing desks really doing us any good?<p>That question has divided workplaces since sitting started going out of fashion about five years ago. Our …

This Small Device Could Silence the Maddening Symptoms of Tinnitus

Millions of Americans suffer from a medical condition known as tinnitus, a disorder so tormenting that it makes Edgar Allen Poe’s talking, taunting …

Math Says You're Driving Wrong and It's Slowing Us All Down

Ah, the phantom traffic jam. You know, that thing where the flow suddenly slows to a halt and you inch forward for a half hour and then things pick …

Sustain Your Ergonomics Process – The Best of 2017

Looking back at this year, I’ve noticed a common theme among our clients: they are now in the transition phase between rolling out a new ergonomics …

Ergonomics

Why Asking This 1 Question in a Job Interview Increases the Chances You Get Hired | Inc.com

Anyone who has been on an interview knows there usually comes a point at the end of the meeting where the interviewer says to the interviewee, <i>"Do you have any questions?"</i> You may be wondering whether it's OK to ask some. Or if you should just say, <i>"I'm good,"</i> so as to not take up any more of their …

Employment

G-RO Smart Companion Bags

Travel, work and play in a whole new way with the G-RO Smart Companion Bags. This comprehensive line of products has something for everyone and …

Crowd Funding

Microsoft Already Has 80 Confirmed Enhanced Titles for the Xbox One X and It's Just the Beginning

80 Games Have Already Been Enhanced for the Xbox One X<p>Since the unveiling of the Xbox One X at E3 this year, many developers have come on board, …

20 exercises to bulletproof your joints and prevent injury

The 20 Best Glutes Exercises of All Time<p>The 6 Best SPF Moisturizers for Men's Skin<p>Are Your Running Shoes the Wrong Size?<p>What Would You Sacrifice for …

Health

Tip: The 5 Best Ab Exercises for Athletes

Build a strong core that not only looks good, but makes you a better athlete. Here's how.<p>When it comes to sports performance, you'd think crunches …

Workouts

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10 of the best performance road tires lab tested

<i>[Updated March 10 with specific data on 24mm and 26mm Specialized tires, plus a new actual width/wattage chart.]</i><p>What are the best road tires (tyres) …

It's All in the Hip: 5 Steps to Fixing Movement Dysfunction

<b>We need stability in much the same way that we need air.</b> We need to supply oxygen in the right amounts, at the right times, and according to the …

How to Design Your Office to Support Employees of All Abilities

Is your company inclusive? Providing a workspace that is both physically inclusive to people with disabilities, as well as provides a comfortable, …

Ergonomics

After years of heavy playing, older drummers feel toll on health

At the Metallica show this week at the small-venue Opera House in Toronto, the singer-guitarist James Hetfield addressed an audience. "Do you want it heavy?" he bellowed.<p>The crowd, a sausage party of dads, record-label personnel and other refugees from the nineties, replied affirmatively, with …

suitX's modular exoskeleton can prevent work-related injuries

suitX, a robotics company out of University of California, Berkeley's Human Engineering Lab, launched an exoskeleton that can help people walk again earlier this year. Now, the company has officially launched another product: one that can prevent people from needing that exoskeleton in the first …

Microsoft PowerApps and Flow to be generally available November 1

Microsoft's PowerApps and Flow development tools will be generally available on November 1, not coincidentally the same day that Dynamics 365 goes on …

July2016 ISE magazine-Ergo Moneyball

Ergo Moneyball<p>Go after base hits, recruit undervalued players and play the game differently<p>By Davana Pilczuk<p>In 2002, the Oakland Athletics were the …

Ergonomics

The Glassdoor app now tells you if you're being paid enough

Glassdoor, the job search and review website, has released a new feature which can tell you if you’re being paid fairly. The search function, entitled ‘Know Your Worth’, asks for key details about your current occupation and previous experience to determine if your wage is more or less than the …

Employment

What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2016

Job seekers, give yourself an edge with some modern touches.<p>“In today’s job market, your resume needs to immediately stand out,” says Dawn Bugni, a …

The best ways to cope with a noisy office

Giving noise-reduction strategies a fair hearing<p>I’m an indiscriminate eavesdropper. If there’s a conversation near me, I listen — on the train, in restaurants, on the sidewalk, and especially at work. But in our open-plan office, there are a lot of conversations to overhear. And I’m supposed to be …