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Ergonomics Guides & Checklists

Ergonomics Guides & Checklists


  • NIOSH free mobile application (app) for smart phones and other mobile devices that can help workers stay safe when manually lifting objects. The NLE Calc app is based on the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE), an internationally recognized standard for safe lifting. NLE Calc determines a score based on the data users enter about a lifting task and provides recommendations to help users optimize the task, or perform it differently, in order to prevent injury.

  • NIOSH also recently updated its Elements of Ergonomics Programs, a step-by-step guide to creating, implementing, and maintaining an ergonomics program.

Portable Power Tools Training Guide

Hand/Arm Vibration Training Guide

Hand Tools Training Guide

Choose Hand Safety: Employer Training Guide for Preventing Hand Injuries and Disorders

Easy Ergonomics: A Guide to Selecting Non-Powered Hand Tools

Training Guide – Hand Tools and Herramientas de Mano – Guia de Capacitation (Spanish version) – Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California Berkeley

Hand and Power Tools – Construction Safety and Health Outreach Program – OSHA

Hand Tool Safety – Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Construction Workers  “Practical Ideas to Help Reduce the Risk of Repetitive Stress Injury in Common Construction Tasks” (DHHS and NIOSH 2007)

Easy Ergonomics – Section II:  Common Factors That Contribute to the Development of MSDs (State of California, 1999)

Calculator for Analyzing Lifting Operations (Washington State, Department of Labor and Industries)

Roadway Safety Awareness Program: Trainee Booklet

Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Construction Workers

Ergonomics Awareness Training for Construction Workers (Outline of a 2-hr Master Ergonomic Training Curriculum)

Reducing Sprains and Strains In Construction Through Worker Participation

Portable Power Tools Checklist

Hand-Arm Vibration Checklist

Hand Tools Checklist

Construction Ergonomics Checklist

Hazard Checklist: Portable Hand Tools and Equipment

Hazard Checklist: Portable Power-Operated Tools & Equipment 

Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling – Published 2007 by the California Department of Industrial Relations

Checklist for the Prevention of Manual Handling Risks – European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Recommended Ergonomic Assessment Tools – Ergonomics Plus

Hazard Evaluation Checklist for Lifting, Carrying, Pushing, or Pulling

Materials developed by NIOSH’s Mining Division with potential application for construction:


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